18 January 2010
Both of the teams have a record of 5-4-1 in the last 10 games that they have played and both the Lightning and the Hurricans are at the bottom of the SE Division
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Carolina (14-26-7) is currently at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 35 points, but don't feel too good about the Lightning as they are in 13th spot right now with 46 points. This is the fourth out of six meetings that we'll have with the Hurricanes and both teams need these two points if they want to stay alive in the playoff hunt.
This is the first of a back to back game that the Lightning will play, tomorrow night will be the Rangers. Last game Alex Tanguay scored his 200th career goal and Lecavalier notched his 400th career assist, but in the end Niitymaki couldn't make a save on the puck and the Lightning lost the game.
- Niitymaki is in net with Tokarski as backup
- Smith is out with a cervial (neck) strain
- Todd Fedoruk has returned to the active roster
- Matt Smaby is still on the injured reserve