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Having lost to Toronto in overtime after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period, the Tampa Bay Lightning will look to bounce back tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Between two teams that have both struggled to start the 2023–24 season, there are two crucial points up for grabs.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Tropical Storm Warning

  • When: Seven P.M.
  • Where – Amalie Arena
  • TV – Bally Sports
  • Radio – 102.5 The Bone

Other than Boston and Detroit, several Eastern Conference teams—including Tampa and Carolina—are currently stuck at six points. But most of the teams have a game in hand, while both the Lightning and the Hurricanes have already played six games.

As we keep saying, it is still early in the season, with plenty of hockey still to play., But whichever team loses this game, especially if it’s in regulation, will start to drift into a territory that will at least raise an eyebrow or two.

Tampa’s lineup, in theory, will be unchanged from Saturday, with Alex Barre-Boulet continuing to get top-line minutes. As we mentioned yesterday, the issue is not the Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, or Barre-Boulet line; rather, it is the players that currently comprise Tampa’s second line, Anthony Cirelli, Brandon Hagel, and Steven Stamkos, who are constantly being outplayed by any metric that can be applied.

Who to watch on Carolina

Sebastian Aho is the star for Carolina, but he missed their game on Saturday against Colorado.

With Aho out, Carolina’s makeshift top line was comprised of Jordan MartinookJordan Staal, and Jesper Fast. Stall has been in the league since 2006 and has four points on the season.

Leading Carolina’s scoring through six games is Seth Jarvis, with seven points in just his third season in the NHL. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, in his sixth year in the league, also has seven points.

The biggest problem for Carolina to this point has been its goaltending. They have trotted out Frederik AndersenAntti Raanta, and Pyotr Kochetkov, but none have gotten the job done thus far. The Hurricanes have given up 30 goals on the season despite having an expected goal against of just 19.

Not only are the 30 goals allowed the most in the NHL so far, but the 11 goals given up above expected are by far the most in the NHL.

Vegas says…

Considering by Vegas standards, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 2-4 on the season, it shouldn’t be a shock that the Lightning is the underdogs in this game at +105 while Carolina is -125 favorites. The Hurricanes do have the fourth-lowest odds among all favorites tonight across the NHL.

Perhaps what is surprising is that the over/under was set at 6.5 and not seven goals. Tampa is 3-1-2 against the over/under this season, while Carolina has hit the over in all six of their games. With Carolina’s goaltending woes and Tampa having the second most expected goals against in the NHL, this feels like a game destined to hit at least seven goals.

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