Lightning play the Hurricanes, aim for 7th straight victory
Raleigh, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay comes into a matchup with Carolina as winners of six straight games.
The Hurricanes are 22-17-4 against conference opponents. Carolina leads the Eastern Conference shooting 34.8 shots per game while averaging 3.0 goals.
The Lightning have gone 26-7-2 away from home. Tampa Bay averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game, the sixth-most in the league. Cedric Paquette leads the team serving 78 total minutes. In their last meeting on Jan. 10, Tampa Bay won 3-1. Brayden Point recorded a team-high 3 points for the Lightning.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 8-2-0, averaging four goals, 6.9 assists, 4.6 penalties and 11.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .926 save percentage.
Hurricanes: 7-2-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.5 assists, three penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .914 save percentage.
Hurricanes Injuries: Calvin de Haan: out indefinitely (upper body).