NHL On Tap: Hurricanes host Lightning trying to end four-game skid

Hurricanes seek to end skid against rival Lightning

The Carolina Hurricanes have lost a season-high four games in a row heading into their home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, BSSO, BSSUN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). Carolina (41-15-6) is 0-3-1 in a stretch where it plays eight of nine against teams currently in position for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A team already loaded with offensive talent (Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Teuvo Teravainen), the Hurricanes made a depth addition Monday when they acquired forward Max Domi in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. The Lightning (39-16-6) have lost four of six and begin a four-game road trip; they are 20-10-2 away from home this season. — David Satriano, staff writer

Rangers aim to build on impressive weekend sweep

The New York Rangers (40-18-5) look to build on back-to-back victories at the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hurricanes this past weekend, when they visit the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET; MSG+2, MSG, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). New York scored three goals combined but allowed only one in sweeping its weekend set against two of the top teams in the NHL and improving to 4-1-0 in its past five games. The Rangers could have forwards Andrew Copp and Tyler Motteand defenseman justin brown, in the lineup against the Devils (22-35-5) after each was acquired in separate trades Monday. — Dave Stubbs, columnist

No Tarasenko, Thomas when Blues visit Capitals

The Blues (34-18-9) will be without two of their leading scorers when they visit the Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, BSMW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). Forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who is second on the Blues with 54 points (20 goals, 34 assists) in 55 games, is out with a non-COVID illness; forward Robert Thomas, who is third with 48 points (12 goals, 36 assists) in 52 games, is out with an upper-body injury. St. Louis is 0-1-2 in its past three games and could get a boost if defenseman Nick Leddy, acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, is available to play. Washington (35-19-10) is 7-1-1 in its past nine but could be without defenseman John Carlsonwho left in the third period of a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday after hitting the boards following contact with Stars forward Jamie Benn. Evgeny Kuznetsov has a nine-game point streak (six goals, six assists) for Washington. — William Douglas, staff writer

tuesday games

New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET; MSG+2, MSG, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

The Rangers are 20-12-2 on the road this season and have won three straight away from Madison Square Garden. The Devils have lost three in a row, each by a 6-3 score.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, BSOH, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

The Blue Jackets (32-28-3) have won four of their past five and begin a three-game road trip. The Penguins (38-16-9) are 7-2-1 in their past 10 and will have have Rickard Rakell in the lineup after the forward was acquired in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

St. Louis Blues at Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, BSMW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

David Perron has a six-game goal streak for the Blues that includes a hat trick in their 5-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Marcus Johanssonacquired by Washington from the Seattle Kraken ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday for forward Daniel Sprong, a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and a 6th-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, is expected to be available to play against St. Louis. The forward previously played for the Capitals from 2010-17.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, BSSO, BSSUN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

Defenseman Victor Hedman has scored three goals in his past two games and six in his past seven for Tampa Bay. Forward Andrei Svechnikov has scored 23 goals this season but none in his past seven games. Carolina defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 9.

Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET; BSDET, NBCSP, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

The Red Wings (25-30-7) look to sweep the season series against the Flyers (20-31-11) after a 6-3 win in Philadelphia on Feb. 9 and a 4-2 victory in Detroit on Feb. 12. Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has scored five points (one goal, four assists) against the Flyers this season.

Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN5, RDS2, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

The Senators (22-35-5) have lost four of five and are 10-16-3 on the road this season. The Islanders (26-25-9) seek their fifth straight home win following a 2-1 road loss to the Flyers on Sunday that ended New York’s six-game point streak (5-0-1).

Vegas Golden Knights at Winnipeg Jets (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, ATTSN-RM, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

The Jets (29-24-10) begin a four-game homestand; they are 16-12-2 at home this season. Winnipeg forward Kyle Connor has an NHL career-high seven-game point streak, including four points (one goal, three assists) in a 6-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. The Golden Knights (34-27-4) are 2-6-0 in their past eight after a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, SNW, NHL LIVE)

The Oilers (35-23-5) had their five-game winning streak end in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Edmonton forward Evander Kane has a five-game point streak (five goals, two assists) and has scored three goals in his past two games. The Stars (34-24-3) return home after splitting a four-game road trip, capped by a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Dallas forward Tyler Seguin needs one goal for 300 in the NHL.

San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames (9 p.m. ET; SN1, NBCSCA, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

The Flames (38-16-8) are 4-1-1 in their past six games after a 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Johnny Gaudreau needs two goals for 200 in the NHL. The Sharks (27-27-8) have won the first two games against the Flames this season and forward Tomas Hertl has scored four goals in the season series.

Seattle Kraken at Arizona Coyotes (10 p.m. ET; BSAZ, ROOT-NW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE)

Defenseman Vince Dunn has five assists in the past four games for the Kraken (19-38-6), who will play their first game since trading their first captain, Mark Giordano, to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Seattle begins a three-game road trip and are 3-5-2 in their past 10 games. The Coyotes (20-38-4) have lost two straight after winning six of seven. arizona forward Phil Kessel is two goals shy of 400 in the NHL.

Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, HULU, NHL LIVE)

The Kings (34-22-8) begin a four-game homestand looking for their first win this season against the Predators (37-22-4), who defeated Los Angeles 4-2 at Crypto.com Arena on Jan. 6 and 2-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 19. Defenseman Roman Josi has a 10-game point streak (four goals, 20 assists) for Nashville, which defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Monday.

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