Carolina takes on Tampa Bay on 4-game slide
Tampa Bay Lightning (39-16-6, second in the Atlantic) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (41-15-6, first in the Metropolitan)
Raleigh, North Carolina; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Carolina aims to stop its four-game slide when the Hurricanes take on Tampa Bay.
The Hurricanes are 21-11-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. Carolina has scored 202 goals and is sixth in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.3 goals per game. Sebastian Aho leads the team with 27.
The Lightning are 21-10-3 in conference play. Tampa Bay ranks third in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.3 goals per game, led by Steven Stamkos with 27.
In their last meeting on Nov. 9, Carolina won 2-1.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tony DeAngelo leads the Hurricanes with a plus-18 in 44 games this season. Aho has four goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Carolina.
Victor Hedman leads the Lightning with 44 total assists and has 61 points. Brayden Point has three goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hurricanes: 4-4-2, averaging 2.1 goals, 3.3 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .924 save percentage.
Lightning: 5-5-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.7 assists, 5.7 penalties and 13.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .917 save percentage.
INJURIES: Hurricanes: Jordan Martinook: day to day (undisclosed).
Lightning: None listed.