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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



TAMPA BAY (8-7-0-1, 17 pts.) at CAROLINA (8-6-0-1, 17 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/23/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
61TAMPA BAY+110Ov 6,-110+105Ov 6,-110
62CAROLINA-130Un 6,-110-125Un 6,-110
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-8-0-0.88-8-0.811-33.826.83.230.9
Team Stats (Road Games)2-4-0-1.72-4-1.74-22.824.83.532.2
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.82-3-1.84-03.627.03.830.8
vs. Division5-1-0+3.95-1+3.95-15.330.73.032.0
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)16611814281142914.2%661624.2%110
Team Stats (Road Games)6174391014911.4%2328.7%31
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5185391013513.3%20315.0%32
Team Stats (vs. Division)632127121018417.4%291034.5%55
Stats Against (All Games) 511121181149510.3%591016.9%83
Stats Against (Road Games) 2131080019310.9%24416.7%34
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 196661115412.3%14214.3%32
Stats Against (vs. Division) 18468001929.4%21523.8%31
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MATHIEU GARON (All Games)4412411391.1%01-3-2.31-3-0-22-2
MATHIEU GARON (Road Games)22555192.7%01-1+0.41-1-001-1
MATHIEU GARON (vs. Division)22757093.3%01-1-0.11-1-001-1
MATHIEU GARON (Last 4 Games)4412411391.1%01-3-2.31-3-0-22-2
ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)131237133289.5%07-5+1.67-5-0+29-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (Road Games)5413812187.7%01-3-21-3-0-23-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (vs. Division)4411710488.9%04-0+44-0-0+44-0
ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)4411510187.8%02-2-0.42-2-003-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-7-0+0.58-7+0.58-72.933.52.931.3
Team Stats (Home Games)3-3-0-13-3-13-32.833.82.829.3
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.83-2+0.83-
vs. Division0-3-0-4.10-3-4.12-11.736.04.324.7
CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)154471818145028.8%62914.5%71
Team Stats (Home Games)6173104012038.4%2528.0%24
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5162680213811.6%17211.8%26
Team Stats (vs. Division)35122001084.6%1417.1%8
Stats Against (All Games) 44171214114699.4%631625.4%75
Stats Against (Home Games) 17548011769.7%26415.4%27
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 143380012810.9%19631.6%22
Stats Against (vs. Division) 13715007417.6%16425.0%19
CAROLINA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
DAN ELLIS (All Games)5512211594.3%13-2+1.23-2-0+12-3
DAN ELLIS (Home Games)22565598.2%12-0+22-0-0+20-2
DAN ELLIS (vs. Division)11131292.3%00-1-1.10-1-0-11-0
DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)4410910394.5%13-1+2.43-1-0+21-3
JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JUSTIN PETERS (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JUSTIN PETERS (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CAM WARD (All Games)121034631089.6%15-5-0.75-5-0-16-4
CAM WARD (Home Games)4411910487.4%01-3-31-3-0-33-1
CAM WARD (vs. Division)32614980.3%00-2-30-2-0-31-1
CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)441059287.6%12-2-0.12-2-003-1
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 2.96,  CAROLINA 2.97
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
1/27/2013PHILADELPHIA5-1W0, -145W6 unP
1/29/2013FLORIDA5-2W0, -170W5.5 ovO
2/1/2013WINNIPEG8-3W0, -205W6 evO
2/2/2013NY RANGERS2-3L0, -125L5.5 ovU
2/5/2013at PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, +105L6 unU
2/7/2013at NEW JERSEY2-4L0, +110L5.5 unO
2/10/2013at NY RANGERS1-5L0, +130L5.5 unO
2/12/2013MONTREAL3-4L0, -135L5.5 evO
2/14/2013WASHINGTON3-4L0, -145L5.5 ovO
2/16/2013at FLORIDA6-5W0, -125W5.5 evO
2/19/2013TORONTO4-2W0, -160W6 ovP
2/21/2013BOSTON2-4L0, +105L5.5 ovO
2/23/2013at CAROLINA 
2/24/2013at PITTSBURGH 
2/28/2013at NY RANGERS 
3/2/2013at BOSTON 
3/4/2013at PITTSBURGH 
3/5/2013at NEW JERSEY 

CAROLINA - Schedule
1/28/2013BOSTON3-5L0, -110L5.5 evO
2/1/2013OTTAWA1-0W0, -120W5.5 evU
2/2/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-5L0, +110L5.5 evO
2/4/2013at TORONTO4-1W0, -105W5.5 ovU
2/7/2013at OTTAWA3-2W0, +110W5.5 unU
2/9/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-4L0, +105L5.5 unO
2/11/2013at NY ISLANDERS6-4W0, -105W5.5 ovO
2/12/2013at NEW JERSEY4-2W0, +125W5 ovO
2/14/2013TORONTO3-1W0, -145W5.5 ovU
2/18/2013at MONTREAL0-3L0, +110L5.5 unU
2/21/2013WINNIPEG3-4L0, -140L5.5 unO
2/23/2013TAMPA BAY 
2/24/2013at NY ISLANDERS 
2/26/2013at WASHINGTON 
3/3/2013at FLORIDA 

LAST SEASON: 38-36-8, 84 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Guy Boucher, 3rd season, 84-61-19.

ADDED: G Anders Lindback, D Sami Salo, D Matt Carle, RW B,J. Crombeen, LW Benoit Pouliot.

LOST: G Dwayne Roloson, D Brett Clark, RW Ryan Shannon.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Steven Stamkos. Young rising star had NHL-best 60 goals, including a league-high 12 game-winners last season. The Lightning are counting on him to continue delivering in clutch situations.

OUTLOOK: A year removed from making the Eastern Conference finals in their first season under Boucher, the Lightning finished 10th in the conference - eight points short of the playoffs - last season. Stamkos & Co., feel a quick start will be one of the keys to getting back to the post-season.


LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.

COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.

ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.

LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.

PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.

OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Lightning-Hurricanes Preview* ==============================


Tampa Bay (8-7-1) at Carolina (8-6-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT

After a strong stretch, the Carolina Hurricanes are beginning to experience the effects of injuries. A visit from the Tampa Bay Lightning might not make them feel any better.

The Lightning will try to add to their recent success in Raleigh on Saturday night by sending the Hurricanes to their first three-game skid in 14 months.

Carolina was piling up points during a 5-0-1 surge earlier this month, but it has since come up empty in back-to-back games. In a 4-3 loss to visiting Winnipeg on Thursday, the Hurricanes (8-6-1) were without Jeff Skinner (concussion), Joni Pitkanen (lower body), Jamie McBain (upper body) and Tim Gleason (lower body).

The loss of Skinner to his second concussion in as many seasons is particularly painful after the 20-year-old center had seven goals and seven assists through the first 13 games. The 2011 Calder Trophy winner, who missed 16 games last season, has nine goals in 11 career matchups with Tampa Bay.

"It's definitely tough when you have a few big guys out of the lineup," center Jiri Tlusty said. "But if we want to be a strong team, we have to win games without them and hope they will come back soon. We just have to do the right things and win the games for them."

The Hurricanes haven't lost three straight since an 0-6-1 skid Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2011, but they may find it difficult to win Saturday as they're 1-4-1 in their last six home games against Tampa Bay.

The Lightning (8-7-1) won 4-1 at Carolina on Jan. 22 for one of their two victories in six road contests this season.

The other one came last Saturday at Florida, and Tampa Bay had won back-to-back games before falling 4-2 to Boston on Thursday. The Lightning rallied from an early 2-0 deficit in that game but couldn't take the lead, going 0 for 3 on the power play.

Tampa Bay is 3 for 30 with the man advantage over its last eight games since starting the season at 13 for 36.

"We did battle back and we did work hard. We just have to find a way to score on the power play," said Steven Stamkos, who scored his fourth goal in three games.

Stamkos, who has 11 goals this season, had only an assist in last month's win over the Hurricanes but has collected 10 points in his last eight games in the series. He had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-3 overtime victory at Carolina on March 3.

He'll face either Cam Ward, who has often struggled against Tampa Bay, or former teammate Dan Ellis. Ward is 6-7-2 with a 3.57 goals-against average in his last 15 games versus the Lightning and has a 3.02 GAA in 37 all-time matchups.

Ellis hasn't faced the Lightning since playing in 31 games for them in 2010-11 before being traded to Anaheim.

Mathieu Garon stopped 35 of 36 shots for Tampa Bay in last month's matchup with the Hurricanes, which remains his only win this season. Anders Lindback got his first road win last weekend at Florida, but his GAA rose to 3.81 in five road appearances.

Last Updated: 6/21/2018 7:18:31 AM EST

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