Tampa Bay hosts Carolina in conference battle
Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay faces Carolina in Eastern Conference play.
The Lightning are 10-4-2 in Eastern Conference games. Tampa Bay averages 10.3 points per game to lead the NHL, recording 3.7 goals and 6.6 assists per game.
The Hurricanes are 2-6-1 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. Carolina has allowed 14 power-play goals, killing 84.4% of opponent chances.
In their last meeting on Oct. 6, Carolina won 4-3. Dougie Hamilton recorded a team-high 2 points for the Hurricanes.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hurricanes: 6-4-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.8 assists, 3.7 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with a .902 save percentage.
Lightning: 6-3-1, averaging 4.2 goals, 7.7 assists, 4.3 penalties and 11.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .915 save percentage.
Lightning Injuries: Braydon Coburn: day to day (lower body).
Hurricanes Injuries: None listed.