HURRICANES (2-2-0) at LIGHTNING (0-1-2)
Season Series: The Lightning and Hurricanes play each other for the second time this week, having faced off in
Big Story: The Lightning have yet to win a game this season, and are hungry to grab more than one point in a game, as their last two loses were in the shootout.
Hurricanes: Since falling to the Bruins, 7-2, on Oct. 3, the Hurricanes have posted two wins, including a 7-2 win over the Panthers on Friday night.
Eric Staal has recorded just one point this season and was restricted to just two shots on goal against the Panthers. Staal, who has scored 30-plus goals in each of the last four seasons, needed 25 stitches on his left ear to close a cut he received in the loss to
"Hats off to
Lightning: The Lightning haven't had the best of luck in their last two games. While
"We played so hard," Stamkos said. "Almost 50 shots on a team like
Who's Hot: Martin St. Louis currently leads the Lightning with five points, assisting Stamkos on his two goals against the Devils. Youngsters Stamkos and Victor Hedman follow closely behind with four and three points respectively. Hedman is third in points among NHL rookies.
Jokinen leads the 'Canes with four points, including a goal and two assists against
Injury Report: Hurricanes left wing Michael Ryan continues to be out with an upper body injury, while Erik Cole is expected to be out for four to six weeks with a broken leg suffered in the game against
Stat Pack: Prior to Friday's game, the Hurricanes' record since 2001-02 was 209-158-70 (.558) with Cole in the lineup and 24-39-2 (.385) when Cole was out of the lineup.
Puck Drop: The Lightning are due to break out with the offensive skills of Lecavalier, St. Louis, Stamkos, and the new additions of free agent Alex Tanguay and their 2009 top draft pick Hedman. It is only a matter of time, and
-- Magalie Lafrenière, NHL.com
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