e a week ago, they lost center Jordan Staal to a concussion. He hasnt played since then and its unlikely that hell be activated for Sundays game.The matchup a from xf's blog

What is going on with the Los Angeles Sparks? That might be the biggest question in the WNBA heading down the final stretch of the regular season.The Sparks won their first 11 games, dominated throughout the first three months of the season and entered the Olympic break with the best record in the league. But things have changed.Out of nowhere, Los Angeles returned from the Olympic break with back-to-back loses. The Sparks will try to snap out of that funk Thursday when they travel to face the last-place San Antonio Stars.The Stars (6-20) went into the tank shortly after leading scorer Kayla McBride was lost for the season with a foot injury in early July. San Antonio is 1-7 since McBride went down and is coming off of an 89-62 blowout loss to the Connecticut Sun.The Stars rank 12th in points per game and 11th in assists per game. The Sparks held the Stars to 61 points in back-to-back wins in early June and have beaten the Stars in five straight games overall.Los Angeles recent struggles have not impacted the play of forward Nneka Ogwumike, who is among the league leaders in points and rebounds.Turnovers have been a major issue during Los Angeles recent struggles.The Sparks turned the ball over 21 times in Sundays 70-66 loss to Phoenix, which dropped Los Angeles out of first place and into second behind the Minnesota Lynx.Candace Parker had 25 points and 13 rebounds, but the turnovers were too much to overcome for the Sparks. 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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes are in need of something more than just encouraging performances, especially after a series of disturbing results.For the most part, the same applies to the Tampa Bay Lightning.The Hurricanes failed to win on a three-game road trip, so they return to PNC Arena for Sundays game against the Lightning in a bit of a surly mood.At this point, were sort of beyond the moral victories, Hurricanes forward Lee Stempniak said. I think we need to start producing wins.Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak, but it took a shootout to do it Saturday night against the Washington Capitals.Both teams had games Saturday, so whichever side makes the quickest recovery is bound to be in the best position for this encounter.The Hurricanes played an afternoon game in New York and ended up with a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, while Tampa Bay was at home in a game that was extended to the shootout Saturday night.Carolina has a five-game home-ice winning streak, so there could be something to build on from that perspective.Tampa Bay doesnt want to waste a chance either.Theyre important points now, especially when youre going against teams in the East, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said. ... Youve got to find a way to get points.The Hurricanes didnt produce strong finishes on their road trip and thats something that needs to be addressed along with the continued concerned about inconsistent offense. Carolina is the second-lowest scoring team in the Eastern Conference.You got to get hungry to score, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said.dddddddddddd You cant just be content to play well. You need offensive contributions from your top six (forwards). Thats the reality, especially when you have a few injuries and you need players to step up.The Hurricanes figure to turn to goalie Cam Ward, who sat out Saturdays game. Last weekend, Carolina also split goalie duties, but Michael Leighton drew the home assignment then.So this would make this Wards first home outing since Nov. 20.The last time the Hurricanes played at home a week ago, they lost center Jordan Staal to a concussion. He hasnt played since then and its unlikely that hell be activated for Sundays game.The matchup against Tampa Bay is Carolinas only home game during a six-game stretch. The Hurricanes are headed to the West Coast next.Tampa Bay played Saturday night without right winger Ryan Callahan and defenseman Aaron Garrison, but Lightning coach Jon Cooper said theres no time to fret about the absence of injured players.Every position is getting tested, Cooper said. You have to have depth in the organization and that has helped us in the past.After the hectic weekend, the Lightning will have three days off. So the team will want to go into the break on the schedule with a positive vibe and part of that might come with how Tampa Bay begins the game in Raleigh.Its about being ready for the start, Bishop said. We can talk about it all we want, but its about going out and doing it. ' ' ' 

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