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Friday, November 1st (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (8-4-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (4-5-3), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The hobbled Carolina Hurricanes will try to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Friday's clash at PNC Arena.

The Hurricanes have lost three straight games -- all in regulation -- to match an 0-1-2 stretch from Oct. 11-15 for their longest win drought of the young season.

Carolina is playing without its top two goaltenders, as both starter Cam Ward and backup Anton Khudobin are currently sidelined with lower-body injuries. That has left Justin Peters as the de facto No. 1 and he is 0-3-0 with a 3.13 goals against average and .893 save percentage this season.

With Ward and Khudobin still weeks away from returning, Peters expects to see his third straight start in net on Friday.

Carolina's Jeff Skinner also is sidelined with an upper-body injury and the speedy winger will miss a third straight game on Friday. Skinner, who has three goals and six assists this season, will sit out Saturday's road tilt against the New York Rangers as well.

The 'Canes could get forward Radek Dvorak back Friday after he sat out Monday's loss to Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury.

Carolina lost a 3-1 decision Monday against the visiting Penguins. Nathan Gerbe had a power-play goal to account for all of the Hurricanes' offense, while Peters surrendered all three goals on 29 shots.

"We're not giving up much, but when we do, like tonight, the good players capitalize on us," Carolina head coach Kirk Muller remarked. "We need more from other people as well."

The setback dropped Carolina's home record to 1-2-3 this season.

Tampa Bay will try to get back in the win column Friday after losing a 2-1 regulation decision Tuesday night in New Jersey. Jaromir Jagr and Adam Henrique scored one goal apiece for the Devils, while New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur only needed to make 16 saves for the win.

Steven Stamkos scored his ninth goal of the season for Tampa Bay, but Ben Bishop allowed both goals on 22 shots in the setback.

"We have a game plan in place and it gets a little frustrating when we don't execute our plan," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "If you're going to get less than 20 shots in a hockey game, that's not very hard to play against."

Tampa Bay had won three straight prior to Tuesday's loss and has taken four of five and nine of the last 13 meetings with the Hurricanes. Carolina and the Lightning used to play in the same division -- the now-defunct Southeast -- before this season's realignment placed Tampa in the Atlantic and moved the 'Canes to the Metropolitan Division.

Carolina halted a four-game series losing streak against the Bolts with a 3-2 win in Tampa win the clubs last met on April 21 of last season. The Lightning have claimed four straight and seven of the past eight encounters in Raleigh.

11/01 10:44:36 ET

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Chicago3Final(OT) | Box
St. Louis «4Rink Replay
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
7th
PIT 7
MIL 5
 
7th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
6th
TAM 10
NYY 1
 
8th
MIA 6
SEA 0
 
4th
TEX 2
CWS 1
 
4th
LOS 0
ARI 4
 
4th
COL 1
PHI 0
 
3rd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
4th
IND 74
ATL 90
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
3rd
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1