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At the Rink: Lightning at Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg /

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will start for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Vasilevskiy, recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, makes his first NHL start since Game 4 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when he made 17 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. He missed the first month of this season after surgery to remove a blood clot and won both of his starts during his conditioning assignment last week, making 56 saves on 58 shots.

Forward Tye McGinn was also recalled. Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis and forward Jonathan Marchessault were returned to Syracuse.

McGinn, the older brother of Hurricanes rookie Brock McGinn, will be making his Lightning debut. He has nine goals and 17 points in 87 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes. He had three assists in eight games with Syracuse.

The Lightning (5-5-2) have lost four straight after a 3-1 home loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

"We haven't really gone through anything like this, ever since my first year," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after the game. "You have to be cognizant of the fact that you can't keep sliding. At some point, you've got to start picking up some points because I feel we've left some points on the board the last two games."

Tampa Bay is beginning a four-game road trip. Cooper hopes that will serve as the catalyst for a turnaround.

"I think it's the best thing for us to get back on the ice," Cooper said. "We've got a change to regroup, get on the road and try to find our game."

Goalie Cam Ward will start for the Hurricanes when they look for their fourth win in a row. Ward made 28 saves in Carolina's 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

"I think we've competed at a real consistent level," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "We've got some things we've got to clean up in our game and if we do that, we will become a very good team."

Peters said forward Elias Lindholm, who left the game Friday in the first period, is unlikely to play. Lindholm left early in the first period after getting his feet tangled with Colorado's Nikita Zadorov and falling hard into the end boards. Peters does not expect the injury to be serious.

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex Killorn - Steven Stamkos - Ryan Callahan

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Vladislav Namestnikov - Valtteri Filppula - Erik Condra

J.T. Brown - Brian Boyle - Tye McGinn

Anton Stralman - Victor Hedman

Braydon Coburn - Jason Garrison

Matt Carle - Andrej Sustr

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Nikita Nesterov

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (lower body), Cedric Paquette (ankle)


Eric Staal - Victor Rask - Kris Versteeg

Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Brock McGinn

Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Chris Terry

Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Andrej Nestrasil

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk

John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin - Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Michal Jordan

Injured: James Wisniewski (knee), Elias Lindholm (lower body), Joakim Nordstrom (lower body)

Status report: With the 5 p.m. ET start, neither team held a morning skate ... Carle is back in the lineup after being scratched Saturday ... Nordstrom, who has missed eight games, skated at Hurricanes practice Saturday.

Who's hot: Faulk has scored all four of Carolina's power-play goals ...Versteeg and Murphy each had two assists Friday.

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