The Senators this week

A look at Ottawa Senators games coming up over the next seven days.

The Senators this week
Goalie Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is congratulated by Martin St. Louis #26 after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in NHL action on January 01, 2014 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

TUESDAY AT CAPITALS

The Senators have had Washington’s number this season, beating them twice already.

On Nov. 27, in that other nation’s capital, the Senators came back from a 3-1 first-period deficit to post a 6-4 win. Zack Smith broke a 4-4 tie with only 2:23 left in regulation and Bobby Ryan added one into an empty net to ruin Washington’s night.

“We had them,” said Capitals defenceman John Carlson. “We were close to putting our stamp on it. But we let them back.”

Then, in Ottawa on Dec. 30, Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur scored goals and Craig Anderson made 34 saves to lead the Senators to a 3-1 win. It gave Ottawa consecutive wins for the first time in seven weeks.

This game is hugely important for both teams as they battle for a playoff spot.

7 p.m., TV: RDS, TSN
Radio: TSN 1200 AM

THURSDAY AT LIGHTNING

With each game he plays, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is making general manager Steve Yzerman look like a genius. His acquisition of Bishop from the Senators last season is looking more and more like the best trade in years, and figures to make the Lightning a serious threat in the playoffs.

Before Sunday’s game in Carolina, Bishop was second in goals-against average (1.90), first in save percentage (. 935), second in shutouts (four) and fourth in victories (23).

The Lightning, who will bring a 14-6-3 home record into this game, beat the Senators 3-1 in their first meeting in Tampa on Dec. 5. Bishop made 34 saves, while Robin Lehner made 22.

The Lightning will also have a nice break in their schedule before this game. After Sunday’s game, they’ll have three days off before facing the Senators.

7:30 p.m., TV: SNET-E, RDS
Radio: TSN 1200 AM

FRIDAY AT HURRICANES

When the teams met for the first time on Nov. 24 in Raleigh, Jason Spezza gave the Senators a 1-0 lead just 1:07 into the game.

That was the extent of Ottawa’s highlights, though.

The Hurricanes erased the deficit with three second-period goals and went on to a 4-1 win. Both goalies, Carolina’s Cam Ward and Ottawa’s Robin Lehner, made 36 saves.

Eric Staal was Carolina’s offensive star with two assists and an empty-net goal.

This will be a back-to-back game for both teams, but it might be tougher for the Hurricanes, who have a longer flight home after a Thursday night’s contest in Buffalo. The Senators have only a short hop from Tampa.

The Hurricanes remain in the playoff picture, fighting, like the Senators, to get one of the eight berths, meaning it’s likely to be a hard-fought game even on short rest.

7 p.m., TV: SNET-E
Radio: TSN 1200 AM

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