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Tampa Bay Lightning take on Senators in hockey test

Tampa Bay Lightning

Ottawa Senators
31-17-5 January 30, 2014, 07:30 PM | Canadian Tire Centre 23-20-10

Ottawa will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Lightning pay a visit to Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators sport a record of 23-20-10 heading into this matchup, while the Lightning sit at 31-17-5 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 30-22-1 for the Senators and 24-26-3 for the Lightning.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Tampa Bay before puck drop in this match found them as 110-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, ccording to BetOnline.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Senators at No. 18 and the Lightning at No. 2 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 3-2 loser on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Toronto at +110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Senators were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Ottawa at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ottawa's No. 14-ranked offense (2.83 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.47 goals per game allowed. The Senators powerplay has clicked at a 20.11% rate while the Lightning have a 79.78% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Lightning at Senators trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Ottawa
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Ottawa
Ottawa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Ottawa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Ottawa's last 16 games at home
Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Montreal, Saturday, February 1st
Ottawa at Toronto, Saturday, February 1st