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Wednesday, November 14th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (11-4-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (8-8-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of Southeast Division rivals will meet tonight in Tampa, as the Lightning welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to St. Pete Times Forum.

Carolina earned a victory Monday night at Florida, but it wasn't all good news as Hurricanes forward Erik Cole had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Cory Stillman scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 1:06 remaining in the third period, as the Hurricanes edged Florida, 4-3, but Cole's injury was the first thing on everyone's mind.

Cole suffered an apparent neck injury with 7:26 left in regulation. He was skating with the puck through the right circle when he was checked from behind by Jassen Cullimore. Cole went head-first into Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun's legs and remained on his stomach in the crease before medical personnel wheeled him out on a stretcher. Cole's neck and head were immobilized as he was placed on a backboard and wheeled off the ice.

He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, but released after a CT scan turned out to be negative. Cole was cleared to fly with his team to Tampa, but is unlikely to play tonight.

Justin Williams also scored twice for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight and four of their last five games. Matt Cullen and Ray Whitney each had two assists, while Cam Ward made 28 saves.

Carolina will try to end its current three-game road trip with a perfect record. The Hurricanes are 6-2-2 as the visiting team this season.

The Lightning have also been on a hot streak, as they have won three consecutive games. The latest triumph came Saturday in Washington as Vaclav Prospal scored a goal and added two assists to lead Tampa to the 5-2 win at the Verizon Center.

Martin St. Louis chipped in with a goal and a helper and Vincent Lecavalier added a pair of assists for the Lightning. Filip Kuba, Ryan Craig and Paul Ranger also scored in the win.

Johan Holmqvist stopped 23-of-25 shots for Tampa Bay.

Tonight marks the first of two straight home games for the Lightning, who are an impressive 6-1-1 as the host this year. Tampa will also welcome Washington to town on Friday.

Tampa Bay recorded a 5-1 win when the clubs met in Carolina last Thursday. It was the Lightning's fifth straight victory in the series and they have won seven of their last 10 games against the Hurricanes.

Tampa Bay has won two of three and six of eight as the host versus Carolina.

11/14 10:31:17 ET


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