Raleigh, NC -- Game Two between the Carolina Hurricanes (0-1) and Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0) is tonight at 7:30 in Raleigh.
The Canes will look to even the series at 1-1 after the Lightning took Game One by a score of 2-1. Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his fifth win of the postseason with a 37 save performance on Sunday.
Overall, Carolina had the better of the play in Game One--drawing five penalties to Tampa's three and outshooting the Lightning 38 to 30. However, Tampa did a great job on the penalty kill, preventing Carolina's top unit from gaining entry and getting good looks.
"I thought we played well enough to win that game," Canes' defenceman Brett Pesce said. "There's a lot of series left, and we know that...We've faced adversity all season long; this is nothing new for us. We'll get it done tonight."
Vincent Trocheck (7) and Martin Necas (6) led the Canes in shots on goal in Game One. But both were kept off the score sheet. Carolina will need some points from Trocheck and Necas if they're to knock off Tampa Bay. Expect some line shuffling if Game Two gets off to a rough start for the Canes.
It looks like the Canes will be without Nino Niederreiter for the remainder of the Tampa Bay series. After picking up an injury in practice, Niederreiter missed Game One and has now been ruled out by head coach Rod Brind'Amour. Cedric Paquette drew into the lineup on Sunday, and Jordan Martinook slid up to Niederreiter's position on the 2nd line.
Niederreiter's absence also leaves an opening on the 2nd powerplay unit. On Sunday, Brett Pesce returned to the powerplay unit where he had success during the regular season. It was that unit, through Jake Bean, that scored Carolina's only goal in Game One.
Powerplay Unit One: Aho, Trocheck, Teravainen, Necas, Hamilton
Powerplay Unit Two: Staal, Fast, Svechnikov, Pesce, Bean
Alex Nedeljkovic (4-3, .923 SV%, 2.20 GAA) would obviously love to have a do-over on Barclay Goodrow's late third period shot that somehow squeezed past him and became the Game One winner. But that's not going to happen. Instead, Nedeljkovic's nerves will be tested in a crucial Game Two against the defending Stanley Cup champs.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (5-2, .936 SV%, 2.41 GAA) more or less won Game One for Tampa. Today, he has an opportunity to give the Lightning their second straight 2-0 series lead. The 26-year-old Russian is also riding high for another reason. This morning he was named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy (awarded to the top regular-season goaltender). Vasilevskiy won the award in 2019.
The Canes' expected lines:
Brock McGinn — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen
Jordan Martinook — Vincent Trocheck — Martin Necas
Andrei Svechnikov — Jordan Staal — Warren Foegele
Cedric Paquette — Steven Lorentz — Jesper Fast
Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton
Brady Skjei — Brett Pesce
Jake Bean — Jani Hakanpaa
Injuries: Nino Niederreiter (upper body)
Scratches: James Reimer, Max McCormick, Drew Shore, Morgan Geekie, Joakim Ryan, Ronald McKeown, Maxim Lajoie, Jake Gardiner
Tampa Bay's expected lines:
Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn — Anthony Cirelli — Steven Stamkos
Barclay Goodrow — Yanni Gourde — Blake Coleman
Patrick Maroon — Tyler Johnson — Ross Colton
Victor Hedman — Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh — Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev — Luke Schenn
Injuries: Anders Nilsson (concussion), David Savard (upper body)
Scratches: Fredrik Claesson, Andreas Borgman, Mathieu Joseph, Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk, Gemel Smith, Cal Foote, Ben Thomas, Alex Barre-Boulet, Mitchell Stephens, Daniel Walcott, Spencer Martin