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Cats look to curb two-game skid as Sens head to Sunrise

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NHL: Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Senators (32-21-6 70P) at Panthers (28-22-10 66P)

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  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Miami Ft. Lauderdale Sunrise, FL
  • TICKETS: via the Club
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, Sportsnet
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • GOODIES: Celebrate Fat Tuesday on February 28 vs Carolina! NHL Centennial Fan Arena March 2-4 (with watch party vs Philadelphia)! Panther Conservation Night March 10 vs Minnesota!
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #Sens, #OTTvsFLA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Silver Seven
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/OTT): None/Front
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 4 of 4 (2-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs OTT (RS): 37W-47L-3T 4OTL 0SOL 246GF 281GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA (RS): 19W-25L-1T 1OTL 0SOL 134GF 145GA
  • LAST FIVE vs OTT (RS): 3-2-0 15GF 13GA
  • LAST MEETING: FLA 6 - OTT 5 (REG) at Sunrise (Todd’s Recap) - 01/31/2017
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): 2017-18 Season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (12-7-4 .918/2.48 0SO) vs Anderson (15-8-1 .927/2.37 4SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs OTT (RS): 77GP 44G-46A 90P +18 11GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Ottawa

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Scouting Report:

The Senators -- just like the Panthers -- will be looking to get back on track Sunday. They suffered a brutal 3-0 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.

"We had a terrible start," center Kyle Turris told The Ottawa Sun after the game. "It was a frustrating game. We need to regroup (against Florida). We realize it's a really important game."

In an effort to regroup, the Senators sent forwards Max McCormick and Casey Bailey to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton after Friday's game.

And with wingers Mark Stone (neck) and Mike Hoffman (groin) not likely to be ready in time to face Florida, the Senators have recalled forwards Phil Varone and Michael Blunden. The hope for the Senators is that Varone and/or Blunden can provide a spark.

The Senators are expected to start goalie Craig Anderson on Sunday. His record against Florida is stellar -- 13-7-2 with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .928 saves percentage.

Overall, Anderson has 141 NHL wins, which leaves him five victories shy of tying Patrick Lalime as the top goalie in franchise history in that category. (More via AP)

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Last action from the Cats: 4-2 loss vs Calgary Friday in Sunrise. Past five: 3-2-0 (streak: 2L)

Last action from the Sens: 3-0 loss in Carolina on Friday. Past five: 3-1-1 (streak: 1L)

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Sunday in the Atlantic Division (Standings/Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • BOSTON (31-24-6 68P) at Dallas (24-27-10 58P), 12:30 NBC
  • BUFFALO (26-25-10 62P) at Arizona (21-32-7 49P), 8:30
  • Idle: MON (74P), TOR (69P), TB (62P), DET (58P)

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