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Tampa Bay makes its first trip to the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning travel to Detroit for their first trip to the new Little Caesars Arena to take on the Red Wings. Tampa Bay looks to extend its winning streak to four games. 

Lines from Saturday's game vs. St. Louis. Subject to change 


Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz -  Cedric Paquette- Ryan Callahan 

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson


Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi 

Slater Koekkoek


Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start 

The Lightning are making their inaugural visit to Little Caesars Arena in their first of four meetings against the Red Wings this season...The two teams play twice in the span of 11 days with Detroit making the trip to Tampa Bay on Oct. 26...The Bolts swept the five-game season series from the Red Wings last season, outscoring Detroit 21-12 in the process...The Lightning have won sevenstraight regular season games over Detroit (outscoring the Wings 30-15) and seven in a row overall including postseason contests...The Bolts have won three in a row in Detroit when including playoffs...The Lightning are beginning their second of 12 back-toback sets this season...The Bolts are 1-0-0 in the first half of a back-to-back set this season and were 9-4-3 in such games last season.

The Lightning are aiming for their first four-game win streak since March 23-30, 2017...Going back to last season, the Bolts are 12-2-1in their last 15 regular season games and 24-7-4 in their last 35...Tampa Bay ranks T-5th in the NHL for goals per game (4.00) and T-6th for total goals (20).

2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 1
Current injuries: None

Oct. 2 -- Assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse
Oct. 9 -- Assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse 

The Lightning have scored at least one power-play goal in all five games so far this season for the first time since the 2009-10 season (Bolts record for consecutive games with a power-play goal to begin a season is seven set in 2002-03 and 2000-01)...Tampa Bay ranksT-4th in the NHL for power-play goals (6) after pacing the league last season (62)

Tampa Bay right wing Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winning goal Oct. 14 vs. STL for his team-leading fifth marker of theseason...Kucherov is the first player in Lightning franchise history to score at least one goal in the first five games of a season...Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Kucherov is one of only 6 NHL players to achieve the feat in the last 17 seasons, joining SJS's Patrick Marleau (2012-13), BUF's Thomas Vanek (2008-09), STL's Keith Tkachuk (2008-09), PHI's Simon Gagne (2005-06) and STL's Pavol Demitra (2001-02)...With his goal Saturday, Kucherov matched a career high for goals in consecutive games set Feb. 21-March 3, 2017 (7 goals)...Kucherov has tallied points in eight-straight games dating back to last season (7-5--12)...Kucherov ranks T-4th in the NHL for goals and T-5th for scoring...Kucherov has recorded 4-3--7 in eight career regular season games in Detroit...Since March 23,Kucherov ranks T-1st in the NHL for regular season scoring

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