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Degrees of separation: Lightning at Flames

by Michelle Gingras / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning continue its five-game road trip with the second half of back-to-backs tonight against the Calgary Flames. This is the first of two back- to-back scenarios that the Bolts will face over the course of their first road trip. Tonight is also the first of two meetings between the Bolts and the Flames.

Last season, Tampa split games with Calgary with their only win coming at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Ondrej Palat led the way for the Bolts in last year's season series recording two goals and an assist. Puck drops at the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST and you can follow all of the action on Sun Sports and 970 WFLA beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Here are tonight's degrees of separation:

Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo spent his first three years in the NHL with the Lightning. Tampa Bay selected Ramo in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL entry draft.

Lightning forward Brett Connolly and Flames forward Devin Setoguchi both played junior hockey for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. In their final year with the Cougars both scored more than 35 goals. Connolly netted 46 goals that year while Setoguchi had 36.

Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan and Calgary’s Brian McGrattan both started their major junior careers with the Guelph Storm of the OHL. McGrattan would only play two years with the Storm (1997-99) before moving on to a few other OHL teams. Callahan played his entire junior career with the Storm, and even had a trip to the Memorial Cup in 2003-04.

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau were teammates on team USA at the 2014 world championships where both players averaged more than a point per game throughout the tournament. Together, they also won a gold medal in the world junior championships in 2010 and 2013.

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