Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Amalie Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: Fox Sports Sun
Opponent SBNation Site: Canes Country
The schedule makes no concessions for the Tampa Bay Lightning. After playing against the Washington Capitals, the Bolts are facing their second team from Metropolitan Division in two days - the Carolina Hurricanes. These teams have already met once this season and the Lightning players and fans would prefer to not remember this meeting. We wrote about this game, which was one of the worst performances by the Lightning in the last decade.
Yesterday, the Lightning again went with 11 forwards and seven defenceman, while Carter Verhaeghe watched the game from the press box. We don’t expect big changes tonight, besides Erik Cernak returning to line-up after missing two games due to suspension. The team hasn’t released more information on Brayden Coburn yet, who played just 3:37 last night and left the game with lower body injury. The apparent recalling of Scott Wedgewood seems to have not actually happened, which means Curtis McElhinney is healthy and will be able to play against his former team tonight.
Meanwhile, the Canes have a two-game losing streak and fell down to the second wild card spot, although the situation in Metropolitan Division is pretty tight and four teams are separated just by three points. According to Natural Stat Trick, the Hurricanes have strong possession numbers and lead the league in shot share and second in expected goal share. However, their old problems haven’t disappeared yet, the team’s result have been dragged down by low shot and save percentages.
The Hurricanes biggest stars this season are Andrei Svechnikov and Dougie Hamilton. The 19-year-old Russian forward is becoming a real threat in his second year in the NHL. He’s scoring at point-per-game rate and his nine-game point streak ended just after the last game against the Nashville Predators. Dougie Hamilton is proving his status of one of the best offensively skilled blueliners in the NHL. With 26 points, he’s second in points among all defenceman in the league.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos
Patrick Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde
Mathieu Joseph - Tyler Johnson
Scratched: Carter Verhaeghe
Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Luke Schenn
Injuried: Braydon Coburn
Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Warren Foegele
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Ryan Dzingel - Lucas Wallmark - Martin Necas
Brock McGinn - Clark Bishop - Jordan Martinook
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Joel Edmundson - Brett Pesce
Jake Gardiner - Haydn Fleury
Injuries: Erik Haula
Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk