The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes occupy the last two spots in the Southeast Division, but each team has seemed to find its stride of late.
Tampa hosts Carolina on Saturday evening in a matchup of teams gaining momentum.
The Hurricanes and Lightning suffered through extended losing streaks not long ago, but each are playing much better since. Carolina lost seven straight games from Nov. 23-Dec. 6, while Tampa Bay dropped five in a row from Nov. 28-Dec. 6.
Captain Eric Staal scored his second goal of the game 3:09 into overtime in a 4-3 victory over Toronto on Thursday, giving the Hurricanes (13-20-6) their third win in four games.
Staal, who also assisted on Zac Dalpe's third-period goal, had gone without a point in his last six games and without a goal in nine. He got some advice from his brother - Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal - prior to the game in order to help break out of his funk.
''He was the first one last night to say, `Just start shooting. Start shooting fr...