With the Lightning playing out the final week of the season, there are three races to keep an eye on involving Tampa Bay.


Will Marty St. Louis take the lead in the scoring race?


Can Steven Stamkos storm back for the goal-scoring lead?


Exactly how far down the standings will the Lightning fall when it comes to draft lottery positioning?


Tampa Bay gained ground in all three races on Sunday during a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Forum. Tampa Bay fell to 0-4-2 in the past six games.


St. Louis had a goal and an assist to pull within one point of Sidney Crosby for the league scoring race with three games to play.


Stamkos scored his 28th goal of the season to pull within two of Washington's Alex Ovechkin in the Rocket Richard race.


And with the win, the Hurricanes leaped over Tampa Bay into 27th place in the league standings and dropped the Lightning to 28th, which would increase their chances of landing the first overall pick in the draft and guarantee a top four pick. The 28th-place team would have a 14.4 percent chance of landing the top pick.