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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes


Time: Pregame protection begins at 7: p.m ET.


RALEIGH, N.C. — Because of a sterling opening stretch to the season, the Lightning maintain the perfect document within the NHL.
Nevertheless, Tampa Bay isn’t the one crew fairly fired up about how the season has began.
On Tuesday night time, the Lightning go to the Carolina Hurricanes, who will play at residence for the primary time in two weeks.
“We’ve acquired to tighten up and be on the highest of our recreation,” Carolina coach Invoice Peters mentioned, noting Tampa Bay’s offense.
The Hurricanes (Three-2-1) have skated in a league-low six video games. They're coming off a 2-2-Zero highway journey.
That may be a notable mark for the primary highway swing. In previous seasons when the crew was away in October due to the North Carolina State Honest on the grounds adjoining to the world, there have been depressing outcomes.
Nonetheless, there have been holes within the efficiency throughout a Four-Three loss at Dallas on Saturday, one thing Peters addressed Monday whereas additionally stating a restricted schedule has prevented the crew from discovering a groove.
“I’m attempting to see us be extra constant in the way in which we play,” he mentioned. “We weren’t pleased with the way in which we performed (the fourth recreation of the journey), and that’s the style you’re left with. … Simply the perfect of accepting your function and turning into snug.”
Tampa Bay (7-1-1) has made essentially the most of its opening stretch.
“I like the place we stand,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper mentioned. “I take a look at our first two video games of the season and some weeks later how we’re enjoying in comparison with then. It’s night time and day. Guys actually purchased in to the way in which we have to play.”
Tampa Bay gamers lead the NHL in a number of classes. Steven Stamkos has a league-best 18 factors, and Nikita Kucherov shares the lead with 10 objectives. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy owns a league-high seven victories.
Stamkos reached 600 factors for his profession on Saturday within the Lightning’s 7-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now he's searching for extra.
“I personally suppose I've numerous bettering to do,” Stamkos mentioned. “I believe there’s some extra left. I’ll simply proceed to attempt to get (factors) each recreation.”
As for enjoying with Kucherov, Stamkos mentioned, “He’s so scorching you wish to get him the puck.”
Cooper mentioned that seeing Stamkos in a groove as he has been previously couple of weeks is rewarding, and never simply on the offensive finish.
“The accidents (previously) have form of upped and downed his recreation,” Cooper mentioned. “He’s actually turning into a extra well-rounded participant.”
The Lightning are 7-1-1 of their previous seven video games in Raleigh.
Carolina could have defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk out there after he returned to motion through the latter a part of the highway journey. He missed time after sustaining a concussion within the opener.
The Hurricanes despatched ahead Martin Necas, who appeared in a single recreation final week at Edmonton, again to HC Kometa Brno, his junior crew within the Czech Republic. The 18-year-old didn’t play in both of the regular-season residence video games, so his home-ice debut will are available a future season.
Subsequent 12 months when he comes again, he’ll be hungry and knocking on the door,” Peters mentioned.
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