November 1, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Ryan Murphy (7) carries the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Center.The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #36 at Tampa Bay Lightning

The Carolina Hurricanes (14-14-7) will take on ex-Southeast Division rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning (21-11-3) tonight at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Tim Gleason
Cam Ward/Justin Peters
Scratches: Anton Khudobin (Injured). Ryan Murphy, Mike Komisarek and Kevin Westgarth (Healthy).
Lightning Lineup
Ondrej Palat – Tyler Johnson – Martin St. Louis
Alex Killorn – Valtteri Filppula – Teddy Purcell
J.T. Brown – Nate Thompson – Nikita Kucherov
Richard Panik – B.J. Crombeen – Jean-Phillippe Cote
Victor Hedman – Sami Salo
Radko Gudas – Matt Carle
Andrej Sustr – Eric Brewer
Ben Bishop/Anders Lindback
Scratches: Tom Pyatt, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone, Brian Lee, Keith Aulie (Injured).

Hurricanes Outlook: The team played a strong game last night, but couldn’t beat Philipp Grubauer, who played excellent for the Washington Capitals.

The team is likely to be tired even with the five-day break before this stretch of two games in two nights. The Canes had to fly to Florida after the game, which is never an easy thing to do.

Cam Ward played last night, which means that Justin Peters is the likely starter. Ward didn’t play bad, but he didn’t earn a win either.

Ryan Murphy was scratched last night in place of the returning Brett Bellemore, but with the team’s difficulty to score, playing the rookie may be a better option than Tim Gleason and Jay Harrison

Lightning Outlook: On paper, this looks like a weak Lightning team, but the team has proved that that is the farthest thing from the truth with an impressive 21 wins.

Martin St. Louis has played great, helping to replace the injured Steven Stamkos, while playing with young guys that have never proved anything in the NHL before. He leads the team with 33 points.

Free agent-signee Valtteri Filppula has also played strong with 24 points in 35 games.

Ben Bishop and Anders Lindback give the team a chance any game of the week. The Hurricanes can’t afford to let either of those two get in their heads during the game.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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