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Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning: Lines and Game Discussion

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After a scare in Boston, Aho will be back in the lineup as the Canes visit the Bolts.

Jamie Kellner

Looking to rebound from a 7-1 blowout loss to the Boston Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes are set to take on a tough customer in the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Despite the big loss, the Canes will look largely the same on Tuesday night, with just a couple of exceptions.

After a scare in Boston, Sebastian Aho will be in the lineup tonight for Carolina after practicing with the team on Monday. He was originally listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury after he fell awkwardly in a collision with defenseman Kevan Miller early in the loss on Saturday.

The defense will see a couple of shakeups in Tampa. Trevor van Riemsdyk will start next to Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce will slide in next to Noah Hanifin. Haydn Fleury will sit out to make way for Klas Dahlbeck’s return to the lineup.

Despite getting pulled after allowing two goals on two shots in bean town, Cam Ward will get the nod for Carolina.

Here’s how the Hurricanes will lineup on Tuesday.

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Victor Rask - Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Klas Dahlbeck - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce

Cam Ward
Scott Darling

After getting pummeled over the weekend, the Hurricanes are being tasked with shutting down the league’s best offense led by two of the NHL’s most dynamic offensive weapons in Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos.

The Lightning have been a force on home ice thus far, putting together a 16-3-1 record at Amalie Arena. They’ll be anchored by Vezina front-runner Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes tonight.

Tampa Bay is fresh off of a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings wherein Yanni Gourde, one of the club’s biggest breakout contributors this season, netted two goals to go with an assist and a fight.

Dan Girardi will be a game-time decision after being involved in a scary incident in Detroit, taking a puck to the head while blocking a shot. With that in mind, here’s how the home team is expected to line up tonight.

Chris Kunitz - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Vladislav Namestnikov - Yanni Gourde
J.T. Brown - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman
Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi
Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue