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Tampa Bay eyes seventh straight win; Carolina plays fourth of seven-game homestand

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

LIGHTNING (23-13-4) at HURRICANES (24-15-2) 

5 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, SUN, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to extend their season-best winning streak to seven games when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Sunday.

The Lightning are 9-2-1 in their past 12 games but defenseman Ryan McDonagh is out with an upper-body injury sustained in a 4-3 victory at the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

The Hurricanes will play the fourth of a seven-game homestand. They are 2-4-0 in their past six games after going 6-0-1 in their previous seven. Carolina lost to the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Friday.


Players to watch 

Lightning center Brayden Point has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games.

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen has 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in his past 12 games.


They said it 

"We knew we hadn't played our best game yet (after two periods). Obviously going down by a goal, we knew if we got back to our principles, we would get our chances. We were just trying to set the tone early, coming out in the third and getting back to what we do well." -- Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk on trailing the Senators 3-2 in the third period Saturday

"I'd like to see us not give up quite as many odd-man rushes and grade-A chances. If we can eliminate a couple of those a game, it takes a little stress off our game. At the same time, we're certainly creating enough offense every game to win." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Steven Stamkos

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Tyler Johnson

Yanni Gourde -- Mitchell Stephens -- Carter Verhaeghe

Victor Hedman -- Braydon Coburn

Luke Schenn -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: None

Injured: Jan Rutta (lower body), Ryan McDonagh (upper body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Joel Edmundson

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: None


Status report 

Neither team held a morning skate.


Stat pack 

Hedman has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past six games. … Hamilton has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 19 games against the Lightning.

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