NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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