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Game Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at the Tampa Bay Lightning

WHERE:  St. Petersburg Time Forum, Tampa, Florida
WHEN:  7:30 PM EDT
MEDIA:  Sun Sports TV (Cable), 620 WDAE (Radio)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a record of 0-1-2 going into this match, while the Southeast Division Carolina Hurricanes are 2-2-0.

The Lightning started out slowly in their last game with the New Jersey Devils, but managed to pick it up for the second and third period. A freak goal with one second left in the game tied it up for the Devils, sending the game into overtime - and then on to a shootout. The Lightning's shootout problems continue, and while they were able to pick up the point, they were unable to walk away with a win.

Kurtis Foster is still out, and now David Hale is out with the flu. Lukas Krajicek will be in the lineup to fill out the defense tandems. Otherwise, the lineup remains the same as the previous game with Stephane Veilleux staying on the top line with Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay.

Niittymaki will get his first start of the season.

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lines

(updated October 10, 2009, by Raw Charge and is subject to change)

FORWARDS:

Alex Tanguay | Vincent Lecavalier | Stephane Veilleux
Ryan Malone | Steven Stamkos | Martin St. Louis
Drew Miller | Jeff Halpern | James Wright
Todd Fedoruk | Zenon Konopka | Steve Downie

DEFENSE:

Mattias Ohlund | Victor Hedman
Paul Ranger | Matt Walker
Lukas Krajicek | Andrej Meszaros

GOALTENDERS:

Antero Niittymaki (Starter) | Mike Smith

Related previews from other sites:

Tampa Bay Lightning [Official team site]

Erik Erlendsson, Bolts Report [Tampa Tribune ]

Damian Cristodero, Lightning Strikes [St. Petersburg Times]

NHL.com

Yahoo! Sports

Check out the latest on tonight's opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes, at Canes Country.