Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes Preview and Game Day Thread
The Lightning look to end their road trip with a win.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes: GAME #75
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: PNC Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: BSSUN, BSSO, TVAS, HULU, ESPN+
Opponent SBNation Site: Canes Country
The Lightning enter tonight’s game on yet another losing streak, having dropped four in a row including all three on their current road trip. After coming up just short in their Saturday matinee with the best team in the NHL, the Lightning now get to take on the second best team in the league, the Carolina Hurricanes. Not only will the Bolts want to pick up a win so that they don’t head back to Amalie Arena empty-handed on this road trip, they will also want to avenge what was their worst loss of the season.
Earlier this month, the Lightning rolled into Carolina after a 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres that featured the benching of their top line. The motivational tactic did not provide the desired result as the Canes throttled them 6-0, with four of the goals coming on the power play. Yes, it was so bad I inserted a movie review into the recap just to have something fun to talk about.
Now, three weeks later the Lightning return to the scene of the horror show with the intent of taking two points from one of the best teams in the league. Saturday’s game against the Bruins showed that the Lightning had a bit of a spark in them as they took it to the regular season juggernauts right from the opening face-off.*
The Lightning didn’t win, but there were some positive outcomes from it. First, and probably most glaring was the emotion. There have been a lot of games where the Bolts have been flat and a bit robotic in their play. That was not the case against the Bruins. They also held the top scoring team in the league to two goals while killing off six-of-seven penalties. While taking seven penalties in a game is not a great way to succeed in moving forward, being successful at stopping another team’s power play and scoring a shorthanded goal certainly is.
Pulling the positive elements of that game into tonight’s game will go a long way to showing the coaching staff that this team is getting into playoff mode as the regular season comes to a close.
The Hurricanes are also coming off of a loss to Boston, as they went down in overtime, 4-3, on Sunday. They’ve clinched their spot in the postseason and are working on wrapping up the top spot in the Metro. Carolina is sitting at 103 points, with a 3-point lead over the New York Rangers with two games in hand. It’s been a rough stretch for them as well as they’ve gone 5-4-1 in their last ten against a bevy of teams that are bound for the playoffs.
They’ve managed to keep their head above water despite losing Andrei Svechnikov to a torn ACL two weeks ago. Sebastian Aho (6 goals) and Martin Necas (2 goals, 6 assists) have stepped up the scoring in the absence of the 23-year-old forward who had 23 goals and 32 assists on the season.
Lightning at Hurricanes Comparison
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Tampa Bay Lightning Potential Lines
Brandon Hagel - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Steven Stamkos - Anthony Cirelli - Alex KIllorn
Ross Colton - Nick Paul - Pat Maroon
Tanner Jeannot - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Victor Hedman - Nick Perbix
Mikhail Sergachev - Darren Raddysh
Ian Cole - Erik Cernak
Lines based on Monday’s practice per Gabby Shirley.
Carolina Hurricanes Potential Lines
Teuvo Teravainen - Sebastian Aho - Martin Necas
Seth Jarvis - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Stefan Nosen
Jordan Martinook - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Jack Drury - Derek Stepan - Jesse Puljujarvi
Jaccob Slavin - Brent Burns
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Shayne Gostisbehere - Jalen Caufield
*I was listening to the radio broadcast while touring the Art Institute of Chicago. To hear Dave Mishkin call that period, especially the first ten minutes, while standing in a group of people admiring and pontificating on A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (aka the Ferris Bueller painting) was, to say the least, a surreal experience.”