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Nuts & Bolts: A chance to match history in Philly

The Lightning will go for their tenth-straight win on Saturday night against the Flyers

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Bolts will try to tie the franchise record for consecutive victories on Saturday versus the Flyers. 

Tampa Bay pushed its season-long winning streak to nine games with a 4-0 shutout of the Coyotes at home on Thursday night. Philadelphia is coming off a 3-2 win over the Capitals in their last action on Wednesday. 

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change. 

Forwards
Steven Stamkos - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Pat Maroon Cedric Paquette - Alex Killorn
Carter Verhaeghe - Mitchell Stephens - Yanni Gourde

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Erik Cernak

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Flyers are playing their first of three meetings this season (also: Feb. 15 vs. PHI & March 12 vs. PHI) and the only meeting at Wells Fargo Center...Tampa Bay swept the three-game season series in 2018-19, winning two of the three in overtime...The Lightning earned a 6-5 OT win in Philly Nov. 17, the Bolts allowing a 5-1 lead in the 3rd period to slip away after the Flyers scored four-straight goals in a span of 6:04 to tie the game before Anthony Cirelli won it 1:47 into OT (both teams scored 3 power-play goals in the contest)...Tampa Bay was a 6-5 OT winner over Philadelphia in the Flyers' lone visit to AMALIE Arena last season on Dec. 27, the Flyers rallying from a 5-2 deficit entering the third period before Alex Killorn scored the game-winner 18 seconds into OT...The Bolts completed the three-game sweep with a 5-2 win in Philadelphia, their seven-straight win in their franchise record 10-game win streak...The Lightning have won five in a row overall against the Flyers (3 of the 5 wins decided by OT or a shootout), the Bolts scoring at least five goals in all five wins...Tampa Bay has won three in a row in Philadelphia...Brayden Point has three goals over the last two games against the Flyers and is on a six-game point streak vs. PHI (5-4--9)...Alex Killorn has goals in his last two games against the Flyers and is on a four-game point streak vs. PHI (2-2--4)...Steven Stamkos has point in six-straight games vs. PHI (5-9--14)...Yanni Gourde is on a five-game point streak vs. PHI (2-3--5)...Victor Hedman is on a four-game point streak vs. PHI (2-5--7)...Anthony Cirelli has points in three-straight games vs. PHI (1-2--3)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won three-straight starts vs. PHI.

Saturday's Storylines
Tampa Bay's current nine-game win streak is tied for the second longest in franchise history and one win away from matching the longest win streak in franchise history (10-straight wins Feb. 9-27, 2019)...The Lightning's nine-game win streak is the second longest in the NHL this season and one win away from matching the longest win streak in the League in 2019-20 (10-straight wins by NYI Oct. 12-Nov. 5)... The Bolts have won four in a row on the road for the second-longest active road win streak in the NHL (Longest: 5-straight road wins by TOR)...Tampa Bay's four-game road win streak is tied for the seventh longest in the NHL this season...The Lightning are beginning their eighth of 15 back-to-back sets this season tonight in Philly...The Bolts have swept their last two back-to-back sets and three overall this season...Tampa Bay is 3-3-1 in the first half of a back-to-back...The Lightning have scored 11-consecutive goals dating to their 9-2 win vs. VAN on Tuesday and need to score three more consecutive goals to match the franchise record for consecutive goals set last season (14-straight goals over 3 games Feb. 14-18).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 47
Current injuries
Ryan McDonagh (Upper-Body Injury; Out Indefinitely) 3 Games
Ondrej Palat (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day)
 

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The Road Ahead
Sunday, January 12 at New Jersey Devils
Tuesday, January 14 vs. Los Angeles Kings
Thursday, January 16 at Minnesota Wild

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