Hurricanes eye season sweep of lowly Lightning

Carolina (34-27-5) at Tampa Bay (21-31-13) 7:30 p.m. EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) — The Carolina Hurricanes attempt to
equal a feat they haven’t accomplished since relocating from
Hartford when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

The Hurricanes have won each of the first five meetings with the
Southeast Division rival Lightning this season with one matchup
remaining. Carolina hasn’t swept a campaign series against
Tampa Bay since 1996-97 when the franchise was based in
Hartford, where it left the following season.

The Hurricanes enter the contest red-hot, going 7-3-0 over their
last 10 games and have won two straight after a 6-1 drubbing of
the Calgary Flames on Friday.

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Ray Whitney recorded his third career hat trick with three
power-play goals while Sergei Samsonov, Erik Cole and Scott
Walker also found the back of the net for Carolina, which pulled
within one point of a three-way tie for sixth place in the
Eastern Conference.

The Lightning dropped to 2-6-2 during their last 10 games on
Friday, suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.