Carolina Hurricanes: Game #48 Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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).

Hurricanes’ Outlook: Alexander Semin played a great game last night, scoring two goals to help lead the team to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

The defense looked strong, so the lineup on the backend is likely to stay the same with Mike Komisarek and Jay Harrison staying together as the third pairing.

Anton Khudobin had a good game, but coach Kirk Muller said Justin Peters could play on Sunday before yesterday’s game.

Lightning Outlook: Tampa Bay still hasn’t missed Steven Stamkos from its lineup, as the Lightning sit second in the Atlantic and only one point behind the Boston Bruins.

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.

Topics: Carolina Hurricanes, Martin St. Louis

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