Carolina Hurricanes (44-15-7, first in Metro) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (41-18-6, second in Atlantic)
Tampa, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK RANGE: Lightning -140, Hurricanes +118; plus/minus is 5.5
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning host Carolina after Martin Necas scored twice in the Hurricanes’ 6-1 win over the Capitals.
The Lightning are 23-12-3 against Eastern Conference opponents. Tampa Bay averages 4.4 penalties per game, the highest in the Eastern Conference. Alex Killorn leads the team with 27 total penalties.
The Hurricanes are 23-11-5 against conference opponents. Carolina ranks third in the Eastern Conference with an average of 5.9 assists per game, led by Tony DeAngelo with 0.7.
In their last meeting on March 22, Carolina won 3-2.
TOP PERFORMERS: Victor Hedman leads the Lightning with 45 assists and has 63 points this season. Killorn has four goals and one assist in Tampa Bay’s last 10 games.
Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 65 points, scoring 29 goals and adding 36 assists. Seth Jarvis has four goals and two assists in Carolina’s last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 4-6-0, averaged 2.3 goals, 3.9 assists, 5.7 penalties and 12.5 penalty minutes while allowing 2.4 goals per game with save percentage of 0.927.
Hurricanes: 5-3-2, averaged 3.1 goals, 5.4 assists, 3.9 penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while allowing 1.8 goals per game with a .932 save percentage.
INJURIES: Lightning: Ryan McDonagh: out (upper body).
Hurricanes: Jordan Martinook: absent (undisclosed), Ethan Bear: day to day (lower body).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.