Tonight in the NHL: Lightning host struggling Rangers

Tonight in the NHL: Lightning host struggling Rangers
February 2, 2013, 1:30 pm
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The Flyers hope to rebound tonight, when they host the Carolina Hurricanes (see game notes).

With the Flyers getting off to a 2-6 start, general manager Paul Holmgren is worried about his team's early struggles in a lockout-shortened season (see story).

Here is a look at the other notable games around the NHL:

Rangers at Lightning, 7 p.m.
The Tampa Bay Lighting host the New York Rangers seeking victory for a sixth straight game.

The Lighting average a league-best 5.3 goals a game and have tallied four or more goals in five straight games.

Rookie Cory Conacher has been impressive to start the season for Tampa Bay and is tied for the team lead with five goals.

Opposite the Lightning, the Rangers have struggled offensively, as they put up just 2.3 goals per game.  

Another problem with the Rangers is their lack of on-ice discipline -- they average 18:51 penalty minutes per game.

The Rangers will be without Ryan Callahan, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
The Boston Bruins travel to Toronto as they look for their seventh straight win over the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins, who sit at 5-1-1, fell a win short of matching their best start in franchise history when they fell to Buffalo. They gave up a 3-1 lead, which resulted in their first loss in 44 games with a two-goal advantage or more.

The Maple Leafs enter the game winning two straight.  

Boston will be without Shawn Thornton, who is suffering from a concussion.

Predators at Sharks, 10:30 p.m.
The San Jose Sharks look to extend their perfect start to eight games as they host the Nashville Predators.

The Sharks are the NHL's only remaining unbeaten team and have gotten off to the best start in franchise history.

San Jose averages 3.9 goals per game, while the Predators hold the lowest mark in the NHL with 1.6 goals.

Defenseman Shea Weber has been a concern for the Predators this season, as he has yet to notch a point. Over the past four years, Weber has led all NHL defensemen with 74 goals.

The Predators continue to play without Patric Hornqvist, who is out with a knee injury.

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