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Monday, October 16th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (2-3-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (2-3-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to push their winning streak to three games tonight when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.

After losing their first three contests, the defending champs have defeated Atlanta and Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Scott Walker scored two goals to lead the Hurricanes past the Penguins, 5-1, at Mellon Arena.

Cam Ward turned aside 25 shots and Mike Commodore added a goal and an assist for the Canes. Ward has settled down, yielding four goals in the last two games after getting rocked for a total of 11 in the first three.

On the injury front, Carolina forward Trevor Letowski was carted off the ice on a stretcher in the first period after colliding with Pittsburgh forward Colby Armstrong. Letowski will not play tonight and is slated to be re- evaluated when the team returns home.

The Hurricanes will visit Buffalo on Friday.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, seeks its second consecutive win after losing three straight. On Saturday, Ruslan Fedotenko posted a goal and an assist as the Bolts downed Florida, 4-1, in the back end of a home-and-home series.

Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Dimitry Afanasenkov each scored for the Lightning, while goaltender Marc Denis finished with 23 saves.

St. Louis, who won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2004, tallied his first point of the season.

Tampa will host Philadelphia on Thursday.

The Bolts went 5-3 against the Canes last season.

10/16 10:27:50 ET

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