The Carolina Hurricanes received contributions from 15 different players during Wednesday’s victory over Edmonton.
The team will need scoring up and down the lineup once again versus a dangerous Tampa Bay squad.
The Canes faced the Bolts just 13 days ago. Carolina won decisively, winning 4-0 behind a Pyotr Kochetkov shutout.
Blanking the NHL’s second-highest scoring team was a demonstration of the type of defense this Hurricanes can play.
Tampa Bay has been streaking this month. The loss to the Hurricanes would be the second in a three-game skid. The team followed that losing streak with a three-game winning streak before losing in overtime in their last game.
Nikita Kucherov is tied for third in the NHL with 29 points, and his 13 goals are just one behind the league lead.
The Tampa Bay power play is fueling their success this season. The Lightning rank second in the NHL with a power play conversion rate of 31.3 percent.
Kucherov and Steven Stamkos both rank in the top ten in power play points in the league.
Andrei Vasilevskiy remains out with a back injury. Jonas Johansson will be the likely starter for Tampa Bay.
((Vasilevskiy has been activated and was in the starter’s crease at the morning skate. Looks like he may start tonight for Tampa.))
For the Canes, the line of Teuvo Teravainen, Seth Jarvis, and Sebastian Aho has been playing some great hockey.
Both Turbo and Jarvy are on two-game multi-point streaks and are chasing down Aho for the team lead in points.
Antti Raanta left the game on Wednesday because “something felt funny” after the first period. It was a precautionary measure. Raanta was back in the starter’s crease this morning and likely will start.
Despite the offensive explosion in the first period on Wednesday, there were some defensive lapses as the game continued. Edmonton had eight dangerous chances in the third period, but Kochetkov rose to the occasion.
There are no line combinations from the morning skate as of writing, but do not expect many changes.
Here’s how to check out the action tonight:
- Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
- TV: Bally Sports South with Mike Maniscalco, play-by-play; Tripp Tracy, color analyst; Hanna Yates, in-game reporter; Shane Willis, analyst.
- Radio: 99.9 The Fan
- Streaming: Bally Sports Plus
- Line: ML: CAR -170; PL: CAR -1.5 +145