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Preview: Lightning vs. Hurricanes

Canes host league's top team

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

On the heels of an emotional shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Carolina Hurricanes will now face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that will finish atop the NHL standings.

With 10 games left to play in the regular season, the Hurricanes now trail the Penguins by just two points for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

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Recap: Hurricanes Top Penguins in Shootout

Williams ties it late, Hamilton nets deciding goal in shootout

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

In dramatic fashion, the Carolina Hurricanes scored the game-tying goal late in regulation and then earned the extra point with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Justin Williams equalized the score at two with just 1:56 left in the third period, and Dougie Hamilton netted the deciding goal in the shootout, as the Canes move within two points of the Penguins for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Here are five takeaways from an electric Tuesday night of hockey at PNC Arena.

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Projected Lineup: Penguins vs. Hurricanes

Mrazek in net against the Penguins

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes are set to square off against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and down the stretch of the regular season, the match-ups don't exactly get much bigger than this.

Petr Mrazek will take to the crease for the Canes, who enter the game three points back of the Penguins for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

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Here is the projected lineup for the Hurricanes.

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Preview: Penguins vs. Hurricanes

Metropolitan Division showdown is critical in playoff race

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins are set to square off in a critical Metropolitan Division showdown.

The Hurricanes, who trail the Penguins by just three points in the standings with two games in hand, are in the midst of a five-game homestand and are coming off a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

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Recap: Hurricanes Defeat Sabres

Canes score four straight to win 4-2

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes got back in the win column with a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

After falling in an early 1-0 hole, the Canes scored four straight goals to win their 39th game of the season.

Here are five takeaways from a Saturday night of hockey in Raleigh.

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Projected Lineup: Sabres vs. Hurricanes

McElhinney in net on second half of back-to-back

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres to begin a five-game homestand.

Curtis McElhinney gets the start in net on the second half of this back-to-back set.

GAME PREVIEW

Here is the projected lineup for the Hurricanes.

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Preview: Sabres vs. Hurricanes

Canes open five-game homestand

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes return to Raleigh to open a five-game homestand by hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

The Canes will be closing out their 15th of 17 back-to-back sets this season after dropping a 3-0 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets just a night ago.

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Recap: Canes Can't Solve Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets

Canes pepper Bobrovsky with 46 shots but come up empty

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

COLUMBUS - The Carolina Hurricanes were shut out, 3-0, by Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Columbus scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game, and Bobrovsky made 46 saves in his sixth shutout of the season and second in his career against the Hurricanes.

Here are five takeaways from a Friday night divisional match-up.

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Projected Lineup: Hurricanes at Blue Jackets

Ferland returns to the lineup in Columbus

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

COLUMBUS - The stage is set for what is a big intradivisional match-up between the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Micheal Ferland will make his return to the lineup after missing the last two games with an upper-body injury. Petr Mrazek, who has won six consecutive games, will get the nod in net.

GAME PREVIEW

Here is the projected lineup for the Hurricanes.

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Preview: Hurricanes at Blue Jackets

Divisional showdown has wild card ramifications

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

COLUMBUS - The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets close out their four-game season series in what will be a pivotal Metropolitan Division tilt.

The Hurricanes, who currently occupy the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, are coming off consecutive road wins in Nashville and Colorado.

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