Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning-Hurricanes Sunday game preview

Tonight: Lightning at Hurricanes

When/where: 7; PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 970-AM

Key stats: The Hurricanes are making a playoff push, getting points in eight of their past 10 games (6-2-2). They are 19-9-6 in their past 35. They entered Saturday within two points of the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. … G Cam Ward returned to the lineup Friday after missing two games with a lower-body injury and made 22 saves in a 5-2 win over the Sharks. … C Jordan Staal has points in 11 of his past 14 games and 16 points total in that stretch (five goals, 11 assists). … Carolina's power play was 24th in the league (17.7 percent). … The Lightning won the first meeting this season, 4-3 in Raleigh on Nov. 1.

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