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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game Five: Lineups and Game Discussion

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The Hurricanes will look to stave off elimination and keep their season alive tonight.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

If the Hurricanes are going to keep their season alive, they’ll need to win three straight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That starts tonight at PNC Arena, as the Canes look to shake off a tough loss in game four - and stay out of the penalty box.

The Canes could get some reinforcements in their lineup - Nino Niederreiter returned to practice yesterday, and Rod Brind’Amour said each of Niederreiter, Warren Foegele and Vincent Trocheck would take warmups tonight and see how they feel.

Brind’Amour did not name a starting goalie, but, following a shaky outing from Petr Mrazek in game four, could go back to Alex Nedeljkovic. It doesn’t look like the Bolts will make any changes.

Here’s how these two teams are projected to line up tonight:

Carolina Hurricanes

Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Nino Niederreiter - Vincent Trocheck - Martin Necas
Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Jesper Fast
Cedric Paquette - Steven Lorentz - Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei - Brett Pesce
Jake Bean - Jani Hakanpaa

Alex Nedeljkovic
Petr Mrazek

Injuries: Warren Foegele (Upper body)

Scratches: Antione Bibeau, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Geekie, Joey Keane, Max Lajoie, Max McCormick, Roland McKeown, James Reimer, Joakim Ryan, Drew Shore, Ryan Suzuki

Tampa Bay Lightning

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos
Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Ross Colton - Tyler Johnson - Pat Maroon

Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - David Savard

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney