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Sunday, January 19th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (28-16-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (20-18-9), 5 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning have struggled to pick up wins lately, but the blame certainly can't be placed on Martin St. Louis.

St. Louis will try to keep his scoring streak alive and help the Lightning avoid a third straight loss when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes for Sunday's battle at PNC Arena.

Tampa Bay's leading scorer has the longest current point streak in the NHL at seven games and he matched a franchise record with four goals in a loss Saturday against the visiting San Jose Sharks. No other Lightning player scored in the 5-4 home loss to the Sharks, who received three goals from Joe Pavelski.

Pavelski scored the game's final three goals, notching a natural hat trick over a span of six-plus minutes late in the second period.

St. Louis, meanwhile, tied a Lightning record for most goals in a game set by Chris Kontos in the franchise's first-ever regular season game on Oct. 7, 1992 against visiting Chicago.

"I did appreciate it until we were down and the game was over. It is tough to really be happy about it. I'm glad I put myself in this position, but at the end of the day we lost the game," St. Louis said.

St. Louis leads the Lightning in both goals (25) and assists (24) this season and he has 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) during his seven-game point streak.

Ben Bishop was beaten five times on 32 shots in Saturday's loss and it's uncertain if he'll get the start on consecutive days. However, Bishop does own a 3-0 record and a 0.66 goals against average in three career starts against Carolina, logging two shutouts in the series. Lightning backup Anders Lindback is 1-2-0 with a 3.03 GA in his career against the Hurricanes.

Despite losing two straight and three of their last four games, the Bolts enter Sunday's action trailing Boston by one point for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins also play on Sunday in Chicago.

Tampa will not have defenseman Victor Hedman on the ice Sunday. He suffered a bruised ankle after getting hit with a puck in the loss to San Jose.

The Lightning are 2-0 against the Hurricanes this season and can complete the season-series sweep on Sunday. Tampa Bay posted a 3-0 win at Carolina on Nov. 1 and recorded a 3-2 overtime victory at home on Dec. 21, giving the Bolts wins in six of eight and seven of the last nine meetings in this series.

Tampa also has claimed five straight in Raleigh and hasn't lost a road test in this series since a 4-2 setback on Nov. 1, 2011.

While the Lightning dropped their second game in a row on Saturday, Carolina ended a two-game slide with a 3-2 home win over the Florida Panthers. Alexander Semin scored twice in the third period to lead the Hurricanes, who had been shut out in each of their previous two setbacks.

Riley Nash had the other tally for Carolina, while Anton Khudobin made 37 saves.

"He was sharp again today and made the game look easy," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said of Khudobin. "He made some really huge saves."

Carolina is 11-9-5 as the host this season and is completing a three-game homestand on Sunday. The Hurricanes will play their next two tests on the road beginning with Tuesday's game in Philadelphia.

01/19 10:43:13 ET

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Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Boston leads series, 2-1.
Colorado 4/24 9:30 PM ET
Minnesota CNBC, TSN2, Alt, FSN-N,WI
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Colorado leads series, 2-1.
San Jose 4/24 10:30 PM ET
Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC, FSN-W, CSN-CA
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. San Jose leads series, 3-0.
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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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