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The Carolina Hurricanes will face off against a former division rival tonight in their own building as they try to stop a three game slide before taking on a tough west coast road trip.

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Carolina Hurricanes (9-10-5) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (14-11-1)

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Fox Sports Carolinas, Buzz Sports Radio, WRALSportsFanApp

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Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Lightning
Record 9-10-5 14-11-1
Points 23 29
Division Rank 7 Metro 4 Atlantic
Conference Rank 14 EC 8 EC
Last 10 Games 5-4-1 5-5-0
Streak Loss 3 Win 1

Goals/Game 2.33 2.88
Goals Against/Game 2.63 2.69
Shots/Game 29.8 29.9
Shots Against/Game 27.4 31.0
ES Corsi For % 53.2% 49.6%
Faceoff % 52.2% 49.0%
ES PDO 97.8 100.3
Power Play % (Rank) 19.7% (11) 24.2% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 90.6% (1) 81.4% (22)
PIM/Game 06:35 11:16

Goaltender #1 Ward Bishop
Record 7-7-4 8-9-0
ES Save % .921 .907
GAA 2.21 2.85

Goaltender #2 Leighton Vasilevskiy
Record 1-0-1 6-2-0
ES Save % .893 .930
GAA 3.05 2.24

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes will take home ice tonight after a disappointing three-game road swing plagued by inability to finish hockey games.  In 2 of the 3 games, Carolina carried a lead into the third period and could not hold on for a W.
  • Jordan Staal will miss his 4th game tonight as he works through a concussion.  The alternate captain is on IR and there is no time table for his return.
  • The Hurricanes managed just 5 goals on this week's brief three-game road trip. Inability to consistently generate offense has plagued this team for years and we can see what kind of impact it has on the team's success.
  • Carolina continues to have the best penalty kill unit in hockey with a PK% of 90.6.  Part of their success can be attributed to the fact that they have only conceded 64 penalties; that's third fewest in the NHL.
  • The Lightning dominated the 2015-16 season series against Carolina, going 3-0-0.  The Hurricanes only managed one loser's point in the three games. The Hurricanes outshot the Lightning 93-79 but still only tallied 8 goals to Tampa Bay's 12.
  • The Hurricanes are 50-46-18-1 all time against the formal division rival Lightning, including a 30-19-9-1 record at home.
  • This is Carolina's third back-to-back situation so far this  season; they will play 16 of them in total.
  • Cam Ward is expected to be back between the pipes tonight after backup Michael Leighton started yesterday in New York  Look for Ward to maintain his recent impressive form tonight against a dangerous offensive club.
  • The Hurricanes will take off for the west coast after tonight's game where they will take on three Pacific Division opponents.  The slipping Canes need a positive result tonight to give them confidence going into a tough three-game road swing.
  • Like last Sunday, the Carolina Panthers have a late afternoon game, so they are on 99.9 The Fan and the Canes are shuttled off to Buzz Sports Radio (96.5/99.3/620 AM) today.

Lines and Rosters


Neither team held a morning skate based on the back-to-back situation, but here's what you can expect to see tonight:

Jeff SkinnerVictor RaskElias Lindholm

Sebastian AhoTeuvo TeravainenLee Stempniak

Brock McginnDerek RyanPhil Di Giuseppe

Joakim NordstromJay McClement - Viktor Stalberg

Ron HainseyJustin Faulk

Jaccob SlavinBrett Pesce

Noah HanifinMatt Tennyson

Cam Ward

Michael Leighton

Injuries and Scratches: Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis), Jordan Staal (IR Concussion), Andrej Nestrasil (healthy), Klas Dahlbeck (healthy)


Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Brayden Point - Valtteri Filppula - Alex Killorn

Michael Bournival - Vladislav Namestnikov - Brian Boyle

Jonathan Drouin - Cedric Paquette - Joel Vermin

Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Luke Witkowski

Andrej Sustr - Slater Koekkoek

Andrej Vasilevskiy

Ben Bishop

Injuries and Scratches: Ryan Callahan (Lower Body Injury), Jason Garrison (Lower Body Injury), Steven Stamkos (knee)