The Bolts face the first half of their second back-to-back scenario on the road tonight as they face off against the Winnipeg Jets. The Bolts boast an all-time record of 41-27-4-8 versus the Jets.
Last season the two teams split games with the Bolts claiming their lone victory in Winnipeg. Puck drops at 8 p.m. ET at the MTS Centre and you can follow all of the action on Sun Sports and 970 WFLA beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Lightning will also host their first watch party of the year at the Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Beach. The event is open to all fans.
Here are tonight's degrees of separation between the Bolts and the Jets:
Steven Stamkos has recorded 24 goals and 41 points in 28 career games against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise.
Tonight's game features two of the league's Top-10 penalty kill units with the Jets ranking fourth (92.3%) and the Lightning ranking seventh (87.0%) in the NHL.
Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat and Radko Gudas were teammates with Winnipeg’s goaltender Ondrej Pavalec and Michael Frolik on team Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Lightning forward Ryan Callahan, Jets defenseman Mark Stuart and Jacob Trouba were all born in the city of Rochester. The difference is that they were born in three different States. Callahan is from Rochester, NY. Stuart is from Rochester, MN, and lastly Trouba is from Rochester, MI.
Bolts rookie Vladislav Namestnikov and Jets rookie goaltender Michael Hutchinson both skated with the London Knights of the OHL during their major junior careers. Namestnikov played between 2010-12, while Hutchinson played 2009-10 season with the Knights.