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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/4/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



TAMPA BAY (15-18-0-2, 32 pts.) at CAROLINA (16-17-0-2, 34 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/4/2013 7:05 PM
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51TAMPA BAY+110Ov 5.5,-130+105Ov 5.5,-125
52CAROLINA-130Un 5.5,+110-125Un 5.5,+105
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games15-20-0-7.415-20-7.418-
Team Stats (Road Games)5-11-0-5.65-11-5.69-62.925.93.431.1
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.52-3-1.52-32.829.23.224.0
vs. Division8-4-0+2.98-4+2.96-
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)351123029512493811.9%1312317.6%204
Team Stats (Road Games)16461110241141511.1%57712.3%85
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514148111469.6%20210.0%22
Team Stats (vs. Division)12491610221035713.7%481225.0%86
Stats Against (All Games) 10627393826102310.4%1142219.3%164
Stats Against (Road Games) 551521190349811.0%541120.4%89
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 166631212013.3%17529.4%24
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3171112113648.5%38821.1%48
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (All Games)32736589.0%00-2-2.20-2-0-21-1
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Road Games)21444090.9%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (vs. Division)11242187.5%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
MATHIEU GARON (All Games)161438734990.2%05-9-5.35-9-0-45-8
MATHIEU GARON (Road Games)9721119090.0%02-5-2.62-5-0-33-3
MATHIEU GARON (vs. Division)5515614693.6%03-2+0.43-2-002-3
ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)211955950590.3%010-9+010-9-0+112-4
ANDERS LINDBACK (Road Games)10824021388.7%03-5-1.93-5-0-26-2
ANDERS LINDBACK (vs. Division)6618416790.8%05-1+3.65-1-0+44-2
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 Games16-19-0-5.316-19-5.316-182.731.33.031.3
Team Stats (Home Games)7-10-0-67-10-69-72.932.73.230.2
Last 5 Games1-4-0-3.21-4-3.22-
vs. Division4-10-0-94-10-95-
CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)35962637321710978.8%1301713.1%160
Team Stats (Home Games)1749152212025568.8%64812.5%83
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511632001427.7%21314.3%19
Team Stats (vs. Division)14311489014646.7%5147.8%51
Stats Against (All Games) 1063230422610959.7%1202823.3%176
Stats Against (Home Games) 551414270251310.7%591322.0%88
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 204970315413.0%15426.7%32
Stats Against (vs. Division) 461314190142310.9%411024.4%75
CAROLINA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
DAN ELLIS (All Games)131234931891.1%14-8-5.64-8-0-65-6
DAN ELLIS (Home Games)8822620490.3%13-5-3.83-5-0-43-4
DAN ELLIS (vs. Division)6514813188.5%00-5-6.70-5-0-73-2
DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)441089789.8%00-4-50-4-0-51-2
JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)10826423990.5%03-5-2.43-5-0-23-5
JUSTIN PETERS (Home Games)5311510288.7%01-2-1.41-2-0-12-1
JUSTIN PETERS (vs. Division)5413412391.8%02-2-0.32-2-000-4
JUSTIN PETERS (Last 4 Games)431099990.8%01-2-0.81-2-0-11-2
CAM WARD (All Games)171547743390.8%29-6+2.69-6-0+28-7
CAM WARD (Home Games)6617015289.4%03-3-0.83-3-0-14-2
CAM WARD (vs. Division)6514012387.9%12-3-22-3-0-22-3
CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)4410610094.3%13-1+2.23-1-0+21-3
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 2.97,  CAROLINA 3.02
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
3/9/2013MONTREAL3-4L0, -115L5.5 unO
3/12/2013at FLORIDA3-2W0, -135W6 unU
3/14/2013NY ISLANDERS0-2L0, -125L6 ovU
3/16/2013CAROLINA4-1W0, -110W6 unU
3/18/2013PHILADELPHIA4-2W0, -105W6 evP
3/20/2013at TORONTO2-4L0, +125L6 evP
3/23/2013at OTTAWA3-5L0, +115L5.5 unO
3/24/2013at WINNIPEG2-3L0, +135L6 unU
3/26/2013BUFFALO2-1W0, -125W5.5 ovU
3/29/2013NEW JERSEY5-4W0, -125W5.5 unO
4/2/2013FLORIDA2-3L0, -150L5.5 ovU
4/4/2013at CAROLINA 
4/6/2013at NY ISLANDERS 
4/7/2013at WASHINGTON 
4/13/2013at WASHINGTON 
4/14/2013at BUFFALO 

CAROLINA - Schedule
3/9/2013NEW JERSEY6-3W0, -140W5.5 unO
3/12/2013at WASHINGTON4-0W0, -110W5.5 unU
3/14/2013WASHINGTON2-3L0, -165L5.5 ovU
3/16/2013at TAMPA BAY1-4L0, -110L6 unU
3/18/2013at NY RANGERS1-2L0, +135L5.5 unU
3/19/2013FLORIDA1-4L0, -180L5.5 evU
3/21/2013NEW JERSEY1-4L0, -120L5 ovP
3/26/2013WINNIPEG1-4L0, -135L6 unU
3/28/2013at TORONTO3-6L0, +120L5.5 evO
3/30/2013at WINNIPEG3-1W0, +115W5.5 evU
4/1/2013at MONTREAL1-4L0, +160L5.5 unU
4/2/2013WASHINGTON3-5L0, -105L5.5 unO
4/4/2013TAMPA BAY 
4/6/2013NY RANGERS 
4/8/2013at BOSTON 
4/11/2013at WASHINGTON 

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 (15-18-2) at Carolina (16-17-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The struggles of goaltender Mathieu Garon and the Tampa Bay Lightning have contributed to them struggling to stay in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.

Both, though, have looked like world-beaters against the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Lightning seek their fourth win in as many games versus their Southeast Division rivals Thursday night.

Garon has been uneven in four games since Anders Lindback suffered a sprained ankle, going 2-0-1 with a 2.91 goals-against average. He made 23 saves Tuesday and allowed the lone shootout goal in a 3-2 home loss to Florida.

Tampa Bay (15-18-2) enters this game six points behind Winnipeg for the division lead and in 14th place in the East.

"It's a tough one," forward Tom Pyatt said after the Lightning outshot the Panthers 41-25. "I thought we did a lot of good things out there and I thought we deserved better."

Garon and the Lightning have been plenty better against the Hurricanes (16-17-2), with the netminder notching three of his five wins this season at their expense while posting a 1.34 GAA and .957 save percentage on 92 shots. Pyatt scored goals in each of the first two wins in helping Tampa Bay outscore Carolina 13-4.

With their goaltending in question, the Lightning acquired Ben Bishop from Ottawa prior to the trade deadline Wednesday for center Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick.

"I am extremely excited to be part of the Lightning organization," said Bishop, who was 8-5-0 with a 2.45 GAA and one shutout for the Senators. "They have a lot of great players and hopefully we can win a lot of hockey games this season and moving forward."

While the Hurricanes are two points ahead of the Lightning and third in the Southeast, they have faded with three points in their last 10 games (1-8-1). Carolina has dropped two in a row in regulation following Tuesday's 5-3 defeat to Washington that also extended its season-worst home losing streak to five games.

"You're still in there. We have to just stay focused," said Jiri Tlusty, who accounted for Carolina's offense by completing his first hat trick less than two minutes into the second period. "Focus is going to be a big key. We still have plenty of games left and we still have a big chance. We played a solid game tonight. It just didn't end up with the W."

That focus for the injury-riddled Hurricanes comes into play more after they learned defenseman Joni Pitkanen is out for the season after breaking his heel Tuesday night.

Fellow blue-liner Marc-Andre Bergeron, acquired from the Lightning earlier Tuesday to add depth, had an assist in his debut as the Hurricanes went 2 for 4 on the power play after converting seven times in 73 opportunities over their previous 22 games.

"That's what he does. He calms everything down," said Kirk Muller of Bergeron, whom he coached in Montreal during the 2009-10 season. "He's smart enough to know when to shoot and when to make plays. You need that quarterback back there and it runs that much smoother."

Carolina sent veteran center Jussi Jokinen to Pittsburgh in exchange for a conditional draft pick Wednesday but retained a portion of his salary, which is one of the new rules from the collective bargaining agreement signed following the lockout.

The Hurricanes have not lost six straight at home since an 0-4-2 stretch Oct. 14-Nov. 13, 2009.

Last Updated: 6/18/2018 10:25:09 AM EST

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