Game Day: Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers

SENATORS AT PANTHERS

5 p.m., BB&T Center. TV: TSN5, Radio: TSN 1200-FM, Unique 94.5-FM

Five Keys To The Game:

No. 1: Victory could belong to the team that handles fatigue better. The Panthers hosted the Islanders on Saturday, while the Senators flew from Florida’s Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast following Saturday’s game at Tampa.

No. 2: Give Mike McKenna a little help. With Craig Anderson finally getting a break from being in the Senators’ net, the new backup goaltender will be asked to hold the fort. If he gets the same lack of defensive support he received in a 9-2 loss to Buffalo on Nov. 3, the Senators have little hope.

No. 3: Offence from defence: From Thomas Chabot to Max Lajoie to Dylan DeMelo, the Senators’ blueliners have impressed with their ability to contribute on a routine basis. Ottawa’s defencemen had a combined 16 goals before facing Tampa Bay.

No. 4: Looking for a winning streak: After stumbling out of the gate, the Panthers are trying to climb back into the Atlantic Division pack. Before facing the Islanders, they had won two consecutive games for the first time this season.

No. 5: Addressing the penalty killing: It’s a broken record, of course. But until the Senators clean up their league-worst shorthanded performance, they’re vulnerable to being beaten by any number of skilled players. Like Ottawa, Florida has struggled badly while a man short.

The Big Matchup

Mikkel Boedker versus Mike Hoffman: Players are traded all the time, but the end of Hoffman’s time in Ottawa was anything but routine due to the off-ice drama. Despite Florida’s struggles, Hoffman has had a good start in his new home. Boedker, who came to the Senators from San Jose as Hoffman’s de facto replacement, went into Saturday’s game without a goal in nine games.

Special Teams

Senators: PP 26.0 (6th) PK 67.3 (31st)

Panthers: PP 20.4 (15th) PK 70.7 (29th)

Senators Game Day Lines

Brady Tkachuk-Colin White-Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel-Matt Duchene-Mikkel Boedker

Magnus Paajarvi-Chris Tierney-Bobby Ryan

Max McCormick-Nick Paul-Tom Pyatt

Defence

Thomas Chabot-Dylan DeMelo

Max Lajoie-Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki-Christian Jaros

Chris Wideman

Goalies

Mike McKenna

Craig Anderson

Sick Bay

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Smith, Ben Harpur, Clarke MacArthur, Marian Gaborik

Panthers Game Day Lines

Evgeny Dadonov-Aleksander Barkov-Mike Hoffman

Jonathan Huberdeau-Vincent Trocheck-Frank Vatrano

Denis Malgin-Jared McCann-Nick Bjugstad

Troy Brouwer-Juho Lammikko-Colton Sceviour

Defence

Michael Matheson-Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle-Alex Petrovic

Bogdan Kiselevich-Mackenzie Weegar

Goalies

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Sick Bay

Jamie McGinn, Mark Pysyk, Derek Mackenzie