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Nuts & Bolts: A chance to bounce back against the Flyers

Bolts have lost two straight games heading into Thursday's matchup vs. Philadelphia

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning will look to recover after back-to-back losses on Tuesday night when they host the Flyers. 

Lines from Tuesday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Blake Coleman
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Nikita Kucherov
Carter Verhaeghe - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Barclay Goodrow

Defensemen
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Zach Bogosian

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Flyers are playing the final game of their three-game regular season series and the second of two at AMALIE Arena. Tampa Bay has won both prior matchups and is looking to sweep the series from Philadelphia for the second-straight season and the fifth-time in franchise history...The Lightning were 5-3 winners in the last meeting Feb. 15 at AMALIE Arena, the Bolts winning their 10th-straight game and 11th consecutive at home to establish a new team benchmark and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 30-of-33 shots to cap his franchise-record point streak at 21 games (19-0-2)...Tampa Bay shut out the Flyers 1-0 in the first meeting of the season Jan. 11 in Philadelphia, Pat Maroon scoring the lone goal at 7:27 of the second, Andrei Vasilevskiy making all 23 saves for his second straight shutout (20th career) and the Bolts matching a then-franchise record with their 10th-straight win...The Lightning haven't trailed the Flyers in three-consecutive games, their last deficit against Philly coming Dec. 27, 2018 when they fell behind 1-0 in the first period before scoring five of the next six goals and winning 6-5 in overtime...Tampa Bay has won seven in a row over Philadelphia...The Bolts have won three-straight at home over Philly and are 11-2-1 at home against the Flyers since the start of the 2010-11 season...Pat Maroon has recorded points in both games against Philly this season (1-1--2) and is on a three-game point streak vs. PHI (2-1--3)...Alex Killorn has scored a goal in three of the last four games vs. PHI...Barclay Goodrow matched a career high for assists and points in a game after tallying three assists in his last game vs. PHI Dec. 28, 2019 while with SJS...Brayden Point has scored four goals in his last four games vs. PHI...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won five-straight starts vs. PHI.

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning open a three-game homestand tonight against the Flyers...The Bolts are beginning a stretch of three games in four days... Tampa Bay's magic number to clinch a playoff spot for the third-consecutive season and 12th time overall in team history is 13...The Lightning lead the NHL for goals (243) and goals per game (3.47) and are aiming to finish the regular season as the NHL's goals and goals per game leader for the third-consecutive season (290 goals and 3.54 GPG in 2017-18; 319 goals and 3.89 GPG in 2018-19)...The Lightning rank second in the NHL for wins (43) and goal differential (+50), tied for second with St. Louis for points (92) and points percentage (.657) and third for regulation wins (35).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 104
Current injuries:
Victor Hedman (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 2 Games
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 17 Games
Steven Stamkos (Surgery to repair core muscle injury March 2; Out 6-to-8 Weeks) 7 Games

Pride Night
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host their fourth annual Pride Night, presented by ABSOLUT, on Thursday, March 12 when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at AMALIE Arena. In conjunction with the National Hockey League and You Can Play, the Lightning will dedicate the game to celebrate inclusion of everyone in the sport. 

Click here for more info. 

Parking Info
For the 2019-20 season, pre-purchased Tampa Bay Lightning parking passes will be handled by our preferred parking vendor, Park Whiz. The decision to move to Park Whiz was made to provide our STMs with a higher level of service and accessibility when it comes to parking.

Additional information on your options for the upcoming season can be found below. Please note that season pass options are very limited and may sell out quickly.

Construction on the Water Street neighborhood, adjacent to AMALIE Arena, will continue to accelerate into 2020. Please allow a little extra time to navigate your way through downtown for each home game. We strongly encourage all fans to secure pre-paid parking in advance of their games.

Having trouble creating your account or purchasing your pass? Please call or text ParkWhiz Customer Support at 888-472-7594 or via email at help@parkwhiz.com.

Visit TampaBayLightning.com/parking for more information. 

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Pride Logo Hats
It's Pride Night at AMALIE Arena. Gear up with these Lightning Pride Logo Hats from '47, available exclusively in store and online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Saturday, March 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings
Sunday, March 15 vs. New Jersey Devils
Wednesday, March 18 at Vancouver Canucks

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