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Friday night's games: Points to watch

What to watch for in tonight's slate of NHL games:

Lightning at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET

  • The Lightning's 46 wins last season tied for the most they've had since 2003-04, the season they won the Stanley Cup.

  • The Hurricanes have missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006.

  • Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward is 16-11-2 in his career versus the Lightning.

  • Lightning star Steven Stamkos has scored the most goals (96) and power-play goals (41) in the NHL over the past two seasons.

  • Stamkos and teammate Martin St. Louis were 1-2 in power-play points over the past two seasons.

  • Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier had 54 points last season, the fewest he's had in a season since 2001-02.

  • Bolts goalie Dwayne Roloson turns 42 on Oct. 12; he is 18-12-4 with a 2.56 GAA since coming over to Tampa Bay from the Islanders last season.

  • The Lightning are winless in their previous eight games at Carolina.

Senators at Red Wings, 7 p.m. ET

  • The Senators missed playoffs twice and have not won playoff series in four seasons since losing to Anaheim in 2007 Stanley Cup finals.

  • Paul MacLean will make his debut behind the Senators' bench; he was an assistant coach under Detroit bench boss Mike Babcock for the previous six seasons.

  • The Senators are 6-1-4 all-time in season openers on the road, but winless in their past three season openers (0-2-1).

  • The Red Wings have won their past three meetings against the Senators.

  • The Red Wings have made playoffs for 20 straight seasons, the longest active streak in the NHL.

Predators at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. ET

  • Last season, the Predators won their first playoff series in franchise.

  • The Blue Jackets have one playoff appearance (but no wins) in team history.

  • Jeff Carter will play his first game with Blue Jackets since being traded by the Flyers on June 23. Carter has 115 goals over his past three seasons (fifth in the NHL over that span).

Blackhawks at Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET

  • Chicago's Patrick Kane is going from right winger to center this season.

  • Chicago's Marian Hossa has had 20-plus goals in 11 straight seasons.

  • The Stars lost leading point-scorer Brad Richards to free agency (he signed with the New York Rangers).

  • The Stars have won their last three meetings against the Blackhawks.