After ending a two-game losing streak last night, the Carolina Hurricanes will try to create a two-game winning streak t his afternoon against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 5 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
This will be the third meeting between the two teams. The Lightning earned wins in both games including a 3-2 overtime win in the last game on Dec. 21.Hurricanes’ Lineup: Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer Jeff Skinner – Elias Lindholm – Tuomo Ruutu Manny Malhotra – Riley Nash – Radek Dvorak Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters Possible Scratches: Cam Ward and Drayson Bowman (Injured). Ryan Murphy and Brett Bellemore (Healthy). Lightning Lineup Ondrej Palat – Tyler Johnson – Martin St. Louis Alex Killorn – Valterri Filppula – Teddy Purcell J.T. Brown – Nate Thompson – Nikita Kucherov Ryan Malone – Richard Panik – Jean-Phillipe Cote Victor Hedman – Sami Salo Radko Gudas – Matt Carle Eric Brewer – Mark Barberio Ben Bishop/Anders Lindback Possible Scratches: Steven Stamkos, Brian Lee and Keith Aulie (Injured).
The team played yesterday afternoon against the San Jose Sharks, losing 5-4. Martin St. Louis, who has 11 points in seven games since being left off Team Canada, scored all four goals. As you can guess, the Canes will have to watch him every time the diminutive winger touches the ice.
Despite an impressive record, the Lightning’s record in their last 10 isn’t that impressive with at 5-4-1. Despite a short travel from Tampa Bay to Raleigh, the team is likely to be tired with travel and two games in a row. The Hurricanes figure to be the more well-rested team and will need to jump on the Lightning.
St. Louis leads the team with 49 points in 49 games. Tyler Johnson has a surprising 29 points in 49 games.
A recap will be posted after the game.