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Thursday, November 8th (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (6-8-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (9-3-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have ended their six-game losing streak, they will try to keep the momentum going when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the RBC Center.

Tampa Bay's lengthy skid came to an end Wednesday evening, when the club downed the visiting Florida Panthers. Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist as to help the Lightning earn the 3-1 victory at St. Pete Times Forum.

Jan Hlavac and Martin St. Louis also tallied and Johan Holmqvist stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, who opened the season with three straight victories before dropping nine of their next 11.

The six-game skid was the longest for the team since it dropped seven in a row from February 6-18, 2001.

Tonight's tilt marks the first of back-to-back road games for the Lightning, who have yet to win as the visiting team this year (0-7-0). Tampa Bay will also make a stop in Washington on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will aim for their third straight victory tonight after posting back-to-back home wins over Florida and Washington.

Carolina slammed the visiting Capitals on Monday evening, as Cory Stillman netted a natural hat trick in a span of 7:05 during the opening period to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-0 triumph.

Stillman had the second-fastest natural hat trick in team history. Ryan Whitney scored three times in a span of 1:40 in a game against Boston last season.

Eric Staal scored twice for the Hurricanes and Cam Ward turned aside 35 shots for his third career shutout, all of which have come against Washington. Stillman also had an assist and extended his point streak to eight games for the Hurricanes, who won for the fifth time in seven games.

Whitney and Matt Cullen each added a pair of assists to extend their point streaks to nine and seven games, respectively.

Tonight marks the end of a three-game homestand for Carolina, which is an impressive 5-1-1 as the host this season.

This is the first of eight meetings between the Hurricanes and Lightning this season. Tampa has taken four straight and six of the last nine encounters with the 'Canes and has also been victorious in three straight trips to Raleigh.

11/08 10:45:19 ET


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