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Nuts & Bolts: A chance to rebound vs. the Canadiens

The Lightning look to bounce back in Montreal after last Saturday's loss

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning and Canadiens meet for the first time this season on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. 

Tampa Bay will be looking for a bounce back performance after falling 4-2 in Ottawa on Saturday. On the other side, Montreal will aim to build off a 6-3 win over St. Louis in their last game. 

Lines from Tuesday's morning skate. Subject to change.

Steven Stamkos - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph
Pat Maroon - Carter Verhaeghe - Luke Witkowski

Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Canadiens are playing their first of four meetings this season and the first of two at the Bell Centre...Tampa Bay went 3-1-0 against Montreal in 2018-19, sweeping both games at AMALIE Arena (6-5 win Dec. 29 and 3-0 win Feb. 16) and splitting a pair of games at the Bell Centre (4-1 win Nov. 3 and 2-4 loss April 2)...That loss April 2 in Montreal ended a 10-game point streak for the Lightning against the Canadiens (8-0-2)...The Lightning have lost just twice in regulation to Montreal since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bolts going 8-2-2 over that stretch...The Lightning have collected at least a point in four of their last five trips to Montreal (31-1)...Tyler Johnson has scored a goal in two of his last three games vs. MTL (2 goals total)...Ondrej Palat's 14 career assists vs. MTL are tied for the most he's put up against any one team in the NHL (also: 14 career assists vs. DET)...Brayden Point has tallied an assist in three of his last four games vs. MTL (3 assists total)...Yanni Gourde has scored more career goals vs. MTL (6) than he has against any other NHL team; Gourde has a goal in 3 of his last 4 games vs. MTL (3 goals total) and points in 4 of his last 5 games vs. MTL (3-2--5)...Victor Hedman has more career points vs. MTL (6-23--29) than he has against any other NHL team...Nikita Kucherov has multiple points in 3 of his last 4 games vs. MTL (2-4--6) and points in eight of his last nine games vs. MTL (6-7--13)...Steven Stamkos has points in seven of his last eight games vs. MTL (5-5--10).

Tuesday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing game No. 5 of a season long-tying six-game road trip (also: 6-straight games away from AMALIE Arena Jan. 16 to Feb. 1) and are 1-2-1 so far on the trip...Tampa Bay is averaging four goals a game this season and ranks tied for fourth in the NHL for goals per game...The Bolts rank tied for fourth in the NHL for both first-period goals (8) and third-period goals (8)...Lightning defensemen have combined to register at least one point in all five games so far this season and rank tied for seventh in the League for combined defensemen scoring (15 pts.)...Tampa Bay is 2-0-0 this season when scoring first and 0-2-1 when the opponent scores first.

2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 8
Current injuries
Cedric Paquette (Upper Body; Week-to-Week) 5 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Women's Game Mode 1/4 Zip
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The Road Ahead
Thrusday, October 17 at Boston Bruins
Saturday, October 19 vs. Colorado Avalanche
Wednesday, October 23 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

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