Preview: Tampa Bay at Carolina

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Matchup Edge
TB Edge in: CAR
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to pick up where they left off before the All-Star break when they visit the improved Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. The Lightning have won three straight contests and 10 of their last 13 to sit atop the Eastern Conference with 64 points, and attempt to beat Carolina for the 10th time in the last 11 games. The Hurricanes lost a pair of 2-1 decisions at Tampa Bay in December and have raised their level of play in January, going 6-2-1 in their last nine contests.

Carolina is 29th in the league in scoring, but has been a decent defensive team much of the season while standing 11th in goals-against (2.52) and fourth in penalty killing (87 percent). That will be tested by the league’s top offensive team at 3.21 goals per game, but leading scorer Tyler Johnson (48 points) will be a game-time decision due to a lower-body injury. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had six goals in eight games before the break.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (30-14-4): Johnson was forced to miss the All-Star Game after aggravating an injury last week, but practiced on Monday and will test it again in the morning. Stamkos has 26 goals and has been playing with Valtteri Filppula and Ryan Callahan of late while Alex Killorn (four points, four games) was moved to a different line. With one top-six defenseman out for the season and another likely gone until mid March, rookie blue-liner Nikita Nesterov (two assists, plus-3) has played well in seven games.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (16-25-5): Captain Eric Staal, who has posted 31 goals and 67 points in 63 career games against the Lightning, tallied twice in the 4-1 victory over Toronto on Jan. 19. Staal leads the team with 28 points while All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk (26) is the only other player with at least 20 for the Hurricanes, who are 0-of-13 on the power play the last five games. Cam Ward allowed four goals on 65 shots in two games against the Lightning this season and is 19-16-3 lifetime against them.


1. Tampa Bay G Ben Bishop is 5-0-0 with 1.19 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage versus the Hurricanes. 

2. Carolina LW Jeff Skinner has gone four contests without a point, but boasts nine goals in 18 career outings against the Lightning.

3. Tampa Bay LW Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league with a plus-28 rating, has three of the four goals against the Hurricanes this season.

PREDICTION: Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2


Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Tampa Bay 30-14-0-4 W3 19-4-0-1 11-10-0-3 0-0-0-0 30-14-0-4 10-2-0-2
Carolina 16-25-1-4 W2 10-9-0-2 6-16-1-2 2-4-0-0 14-21-1-4 5-8-1-2

Last Meeting

Tampa Bay Carolina
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/27/14 CAR 1 TB 2 38 25 0-6 26 36 0-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
TB R. Callahan 1
CAR R. Nash 1
Goals Player  
TB A. Killorn 1
CAR R. Nash 1
Assists Player  
TB R. Callahan 1
CAR A. Sekera 1
Saves Player  
TB B. Bishop 25
CAR C. Ward 36
Total Points Player  
TB T. Johnson 48
CAR E. Staal 28
Goals Player  
TB S. Stamkos 26
CAR E. Staal 15
Assists Player  
TB T. Johnson 31
CAR J. Faulk 18
Saves Player  
TB B. Bishop 866
CAR C. Ward 767

Quickchart Matchup

Tampa Bay Off vs  Carolina Def
3.21 GF
2.52 GA
29.6 Shots
27.8 Shots
32 PP
16 PK
Carolina Off vs  Tampa Bay Def
2.07 GF
2.56 GA
29.6 Shots
27.3 Shots
23 PP
28 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 140 -155
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 140 -160
Sportsbook 140 -160
5.5 142
5.5 140 -160
Top Bet 140 -160
5.5 140 -155
BetDSI 135 -160
5.5 OFF OFF OFF 135 -165
5.5 OFF OFF OFF 135 -160
Vegas Odds
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tampa Bay Overall Carolina
30-14-0-4 W/L 16-25-1-4
20-28 ATS 29-17
26-22 O/U 12-28
3.21 Goals For 2.07
2.56 Goals Agnst 2.52
Tampa Bay A/H Carolina
11-10-0-3 W/L 10-9-0-2
13-11 ATS 10-11
17-7 O/U 3-16
3.08 Goals For 2.10
3.12 Goals Agnst 2.10