Wednesday, March 22, 2023
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NHL Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning (37-20-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (40-12-8)


Lightning 3 at Buffalo 5
The Tampa Bay Lightning dropped a fourth-straight contest with a 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres March 4 at KeyBank Center…The Bolts fell to 37-20-5 on the season with a road record of 15-15-1…The Lightning concluded the season series vs. BUF with a 2-1-1 record…Brayden Point opened the scoring with his team-leading 39th goal of the season and 16th power-play goal of the year when Nikita Kucherov found Point in the bumper for a quick one-timer that went off the left goal post and past Eric Comrie with 6:32 left in the first period…Steven Stamkos recorded the secondary helper on Point’s game-opening goal…BUF answered with a power-play goal of their own with Tage Thompson tying the game at one with 3:45 left in the first…BUF rattled off three straight goals in the second period off the sticks of Vinnie Hinostroza, Tyson Jost and Jack Quinn at the 5:35, 12:30 and 19:46 marks to send Tampa Bay into the second intermission trailing 4-1…Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal 53 seconds into the third to pit BUF up 5-1…Alex Killorn was able to redirect a shot from Nick Perbix past Comrie to make it a 5-2 game with 17:05 left in the third as Nick Paul recorded the secondary assist…Killorn added a second goal, his first shorthanded goal of the season, at the 13:18 mark of the third when he took a pass from Tanner Jeannot near the top of the crease and beat Comrie with a move to the backhand…Victor Hedman picked up the secondary helper on Killorn’s second goal of the afternoon…Brian Elliott made 29 saves on 34 shots against…Michael Eyssimont made his Lightning debut.
PP: TBL – 1-5 BUF – 2-5
SOG: TBL – 36 BUF – 34
Attendance: 19,070

The Lightning and the Hurricanes are playing the second of three matchups this season and the first of two meetings at PNC Arena…The Bolts are 0-0-1 against CAR this season after following a 4-3 shootout loss Nov. 3 at AMALIE Arena…Seth Jarvis opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period at the 8:29 mark…The Lightning responded on the power play with 14:10 left in the second period when Ross Colton deflected a shot from Mikhail Sergachev to tie the game 1-1…Nick Paul gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead 3:29 after Colton tied the game at one…Martin Necas made it a 2-2 game with a power-play goal at the 14:01 mark of the second…Nikita Kucherov scored a power-play goal at the 19-minute mark of the second to put the Lightning up 3-2…Brady Skjei scored shorthanded at the 13:34 mark of the third to tie the game at three…Colton scored the only shootout goal for the Bolts…Sebastian Aho scored the game-winning shootout goal in the sixth round…Andrei Vasilevskiy got the start for Tampa Bay and made 52 saves on 55 shots against…Kucherov has picked up points in five straight games vs. CAR (1-7—8) and eight of the last nine meetings (1-10—11)…Kucherov has pointed in six of his 10 career games at CAR (2-6—8)…Alex Killorn has points in four straight games vs. CAR (2-2—4) and five of the last six meetings (3-3—6)…Paul has picked up points in four of his last five games vs. CAR (3-1—4)…In eight career starts at CAR, Vasilevskiy is 4-3-1 with a .935 SV% and 2.27 GAA…The Lightning are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games at CAR and 5-3-2 in the last 10 meetings overall…The Bolts are 68-50-11 with 10 ties all-time vs. CAR, including a road record of 26-29-8 with seven ties…Martin St. Louis (38-48—86) holds the Lightning franchise records for career goals, assists and points vs. CAR.


  1. Martin St. Louis – 86 pts. (36-48—86, 75 GP)
  2. Vincent Lecavalier – 78 pts. (31-47—78, 80 GP)
  3. Steven Stamkos – 45 pts. (20-25—45, 53 GP)
  4. Vinny Prospal – 38 pts. (14-24—38, 37 GP)
  5. Brad Richards – 36 pts. (10-26—36, 42 GP)

Tampa Bay is playing the second game of a two-game road trip tonight…The Bolts will play eight of their 16 games in March on the road…The Lightning are 7-5-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents and 17-13-3 against the Eastern Conference this season…Tampa Bay is 3-6-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season…The Bolts are 15-15-1 on the road this season…The Lightning have scored three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 road games (39 total)…Tampa Bay has scored a power-play goal in seven of their last eight contests.

2022-23 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 96
Current Injuries:
Erik Cernak (Lower-body injury; Day-to-day) 1 Game

March 3 – Re-assigned D Darren Raddysh to AHL Syracuse
March 2 – Recalled D Darren Raddysh from AHL Syracuse
March 1 – Acquired F Michael Eyssimont from San Jose in exchange for F Vladislav Namestnikov

The Hurricanes posted a 6-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes in their first trip to Mullett Arena on Friday. Brent Burns (4a) became the first defenseman in franchise history to record four primary assists in a game, and Sebastian Aho (2g, 1a) and Martin Necas (1g, 2a) each earned three points as Carolina went 3-for-3 on the man-advantage. Jaccob Slavin (1g, 1a) and Andrei Svechnikov (2a) registered two points, while Shayne Gostisbehere scored a power-play goal in his Hurricanes debut. Antti Raanta stopped 17 of 18 shots faced in net, extending his win streak to six games.

Jake Gardiner, upper-body, missed 60 games (10/12-3/3)
Ondrej Kase, concussion, missed 59 games (10/14-3/3)
Max Pacioretty, torn Achilles, missed 15 games (1/21-3/3)
2022-23 Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 230

March 1 Acquired Shayne Gostisbehere from Arizona in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2026 NHL Draft
Feb. 28 Acquired Jesse Puljujarvi from Edmonton in exchange for Patrik Puistola

March 5 Tampa Bay 3 p.m. TNT HRN
March 7 at Montreal 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
March 9 Philadelphia 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
March 11 Vegas 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
March 12 at New Jersey 7 p.m. BSSO HRN

  • All times are Eastern | BSSO = Bally Sports South | HRN = Hurricanes Radio Network

March 5 Sunday No morning skate
March 6 Monday PNC Arena 12 p.m.
March 7 Tuesday Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
March 8 Wednesday PNC Arena 12 p.m.
March 9 Thursday PNC Arena 10:30 a.m.

  • All times are local. Times and locations are subject to change.

— Carolina is facing Tampa Bay in the second of three meetings between the teams during the 2022-23 season. The Lightning will return to PNC Arena on 3/28.

— The Hurricanes and Lightning are meeting for the 140th time in their regular-season histories. Carolina holds a 61-56-10-12 overall record, including a 37-23-7-3 home record.

— Carolina leads the season series 1-0-0 in 2022-23 (Tampa Bay: 0-0-1).

— The Hurricanes earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Lightning at Amalie Arena on 11/3. Seth Jarvis, Martin Necas and Brady Skjei scored in regulation before Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho scored in the shootout. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves in net and stopped five of six shootout attempts to register the win.

— Sebastian Aho has registered 17 points (7g, 10a) in 24 career regular-season games against the Lightning.

— Shayne Gostisbehere is a native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and he ranks first in games played, goals, assists and points among all NHL players born in Florida.

— Martin Necas has recorded 12 points (7g, 5a), including two overtime winners, in 15 career regular-season games against Tampa Bay.

— Paul Stastny has tallied 20 points (11g, 9a) in 22 career regular-season games against the Lightning.

— Derek Stepan has earned 22 points (10g, 12a) in 32 career regular-season games against Tampa Bay.

— Ian Cole posted 19 points (2g, 17a) in 75 games with Carolina in 2021-22 and added two points (1g, 1a) in 14 playoff games, including his first postseason overtime goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round vs. NYR.

— Haydn Fleury was selected seventh overall by the Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Draft and recorded 24 points (5g, 19a) in 167 NHL games with the team from 2017-21. He also registered 39 points (11g, 28a) in 101 AHL games with Charlotte from 2015-19 and served as an alternate captain in his final season with the team, helping lead the Checkers to their first Calder Cup championship. Fleury was traded to ANA in exchange for Jani Hakanpaa and a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft on 4/12/21.

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