LIGHTNING (7-1-1) at HURRICANES (3-2-1)
7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-CR, NHL.TV
Forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov will try to extend their season-opening nine-game point streaks when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
Stamkos leads the NHL in points (18) and assists (15); Kucherov is second in points (16) and is tied with Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead in goals with 10. The Lightning are 6-0-1 in their past seven games.
Carolina will go with new combinations on its first three forward lines. Sebastian Aho (no goals) and Elias Lindholm (one goal) will play with center Jordan Staal on the top line. The Hurricanes return home after going 2-2-0 on a road trip that concluded with a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Players to watch
Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed four goals in his past four starts. He leads NHL goaltenders with seven wins.
Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, who scored twice in the loss at Dallas, has five goals in his past five games.
They said it
"We don't want to have guys stapled to the bench, but we also have a good thing going and we don't want to change too much. There's a chance he will get in tonight." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper, on the possibility of forward J.T. Brown playing for the first time since Oct. 7
"Obviously they're playing real well. They're pushing the pace offensively, getting it done on specialty teams. So I like the challenge." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on facing the Lightning
Lightning projected lineup
Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Gabriel Dumont
Chris Kunitz -- J.T. Brown -- Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin
Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn -- Dan Girardi
Scratched: Andrej Sustr, Slater Koekkoek
Injured: Cedric Paquette (upper body)
Hurricanes projected lineup
Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm
Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Teuvo Teravainen
Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams
Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris
Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin -- Justin Faulk
Haydn Fleury -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratched: Janne Kuokkanen, Klas Dahlbeck
Injured: Lee Stempniak (hip)
Paquette did not take part in the morning skate and will miss his third straight game. ... Stempniak resumed skating on Monday, but Peters said he's not close to returning. The Hurricanes returned rookie forward Martin Necas to HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga. Carolina's first-round pick (No. 12) in the 2017 NHL Draft played in one game, against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 17.
Namestnikov has a six-game point streak (one goal, six assists). Stamkos scored his 113th power-play goal in a 7-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, passing Vincent Lecavalier to become Tampa Bay's all-time leader. … Staal has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past three games.