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Sunday, November 23rd (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (11-2-2-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-6-6-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red hot Tampa Bay Lightning will go for their fourth straight victory this evening, when they take on the struggling Carolina Hurricanes at the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena.

Tampa Bay is 3-0-1 in its last four games and has climbed into first place in the Southeast Division. The Lightning continued their hot play with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Pavel Kubina scored twice to pace the Lightning to the win. Kubina registered his second career multi-goal game, while tallying his 19th career multi-point game. His first two-goal game came March 1, 2002.

Brad Richards notched an assist for the Lightning.

John Grahame stopped 25 shots for the Lightning, who improved to 8-1-1-1 on home ice this season.

The Hurricanes had their winless skid extended to four games (0-3-1) on Friday night with a 5-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Jamie Storr had little help, offensively or defensively, stopping 20-of-25 shots as the Hurricanes fell.

The Hurricanes put 17 shots on net in the third, but Mika Noronen was up for the challenge. For the contest, Carolina sent 35 shots at Noronen.

Rod Brind'Amour actually had a goal disallowed by referee Bill McCreary early in the first period.

Carolina left winger Ryan Bayda was a healthy scratch, with Jaroslav Svoboda taking his place in the lineup.

Carolina is just 1-6-3 away from Raleigh.

These Southeast Division rivals are meeting for the third time this season. Tampa Bay is 1-0-1 against the Hurricanes, including a 1-1 tie in Carolina on November 9. In fact, the Lightning are 4-0-3 in the last seven meetings between these teams.

11/23 10:59:11 ET

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