Cory Conacher is excited to face his former team so quickly after being dealt - especially with his new club desperately needing a victory.
Conacher and the Ottawa Senators continue their seven-game road trip Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning trying to avoid a season-worst fifth consecutive defeat.
Dealing with injuries that have deprived the Senators of their top offensive players for much of the season, general manager Bryan Murray acquired Conacher and a fourth-round draft pick before last Wednesday's trade deadline for goaltender Ben Bishop, who could make his fourth start for the Lightning in this game.
Conacher, second among NHL rookies with 25 points, has quickly settled in with fellow first-year players Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg on Ottawa's third line. He noted they "have a lot of patience with the puck and very confident with the puck and that's huge" after both assisted on Conacher's goal in a 2-1 loss at Florida on Sunday.
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