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Lightning aim to build on offensive effort when they host 'Canes

Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning

  1. Carolina lost, 3-1, to Winnipeg on Sunday despite taking 43 shots in the game. The Hurricanes average 42.3 shots on goal this season, the highest in the NHL.
  2. The Lightning blew out the Blue Jackets, 8-2, on Saturday as seven different players scored in the game. It is just the eighth time they have had that many players score a goal in a game in team history.
  3. Tampa Bay went 2-0-1 last season against Carolina, winning the first two matchups. The Lightning are 16-2-2 (.850) against the Canes since 2012-13, their second-best record against any opponent in that time (8-0-2 vs. Chicago).
  4. Sebastian Aho now has 11 points on the season, assisting on the lone goal in Carolina's loss to Winnipeg. He is the first Hurricane with that many points through six games of the season since Eric Staal in 2005-06 (also 11).
  5. Brayden Point was the game's first star in Tampa's win over Columbus, having two goals and an assist. It was just his second career game with at least two goals and an assist (also April 9, 2017).
  6. Andrei Vasilevskiy has saved 96 shots this season, posting a .950 save percentage. The last Lightning goalie to post that high of a save percentage in the first three games of the season was John Grahame in 2005-06 (.953).

TAMPA, Fla. -- After finding their offensive game, the Tampa Bay Lightning want to make sure their defensive game is on point when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

After scoring twice in the opening two games of the season, Tampa Bay erupted for eight goals against Columbus the last time out, getting points from 13 different players and goals from seven different scorers. Tampa Bay scored half those goals with the man advantage after going 0-for-8 to start the season.

It was the type of result the Lightning needed after fielding days' worth of questions about a slow start and lack of production.

"Everyone wants to score a goal and we all want to contribute offensively and I think it was good for everybody to have a game like this," Tampa Bay forward Yanni Gourde said. "I think our power play was much better. We directed pucks at the net and we created rebounds, and that's how we scored goals and that what we have to do more of."

The Lightning defense has been up to the task to this point, allowing just five goals (not counting empty net goals) through three games and is a perfect 13-for-13 on the penalty kill. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been a big part of that success with a 1.64 goals-against average and .950 save percentage to start the season.

It's a point of emphasis for head coach Jon Cooper.

"Whether you get one or you get eight, goals win the game," Cooper said after Saturday's victory. "The part I liked about it is we just gave up two, and usually when that happens you're in good shape."

The defense will be tested by the Hurricanes, one of the surprises to start that the season with four wins in six games.

Carolina has scored five or more goals three times on the young season and have fired no fewer than 33 shots on goal. In the past two games, the Hurricanes have combined for 100 shots on goal.

The offense is led by Sebastian Aho, who is the seventh player in Carolina franchise history to start the season with points in six consecutive games and was named the third star of the week by the NHL.

The Hurricanes went in to Winnipeg on Sunday and matched the Jets, a Stanley Cup favorite entering the season, for most of the game before falling after a late goal against.

"Everyone says (Winnipeg's) a team that's up for the Stanley Cup. They've proven it," new Carolina head coach Rod Brind'Amour told "They were one of the best teams in the league (last season). I didn't feel like we were (outmatched). It felt like we were hanging in there with them and probably had some opportunities to win the game. Overall, I'm happy with the effort for sure."

Updated October 16, 2018

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