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Kucherov, Lightning, seek first win in three games

Forward has nine points in previous four; Hurricanes have lost two straight

by Corey Long / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (15-10-1) at LIGHTNING (12-8-3)

7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes will each be looking to win for the first time in three games when they play at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Tampa Bay is 0-1-1 in its past two games and will be on the second half of a back to back following a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Carolina has lost its past two games, including a 3-0 shutout at the Nashville Predators on Friday. The Hurricanes are 6-3-0 in their past nine games.

Players to watch

Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho has 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in his past 14 games.

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past four games.

They said it

"They're a very good team. We've got a big challenge ahead of us. It's good to get right back into it against a good team and we'll find a way to get a good road win." -- Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal

"They're another team that plays really hard defensively. They don't give you much. They stick to their game plan. They never get too high or too low, so it's going to be a lot of hard work if we want to beat them." -- Lightning forward Brayden Point

Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark

Brock McGinn -- Clark Bishop -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Injured: Erik Haula (knee)

Scratched: Martin Necas

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Carter Verhaeghe -- Anthony Cirelli -- Steven Stamkos

Tyler Johnson -- Mathieu Joseph

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Luke Schenn

Jan Rutta

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injured: Braydon Coburn (lower body), Alex Killorn (lower body)

Scratched: None


Status report

The Lightning will use seven defensemen. Verhaeghe will play for Killorn, who was a late scratch. … Carolina will also use 11 forwards and seven defensemen with van Riemsdyk drawing in for Necas.

Stat pack

Svechnikov has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. … Point has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past five games. … Teravainen has no points in his past two games after having seven points (two goals, five assists) in his previous three games. … Cirelli has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

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