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Nuts & Bolts: A familiar foe

Saturday's matchup between the Lightning and Bruins in Boston will be the second meeting between the clubs in a five-day span

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

Five days after falling to the Bruins in Tampa, the Lightning get a shot at revenge when they travel to TD Garden on Saturday night.

Projected lineup. Subject to change. 

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

Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Zach Bogosian

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Bruins are playing their fourth of four meetings this season and the second of two at TD Garden...Tampa Bay and Boston are playing for the second time in five days...The Bolts own a 2-1-0 record so far in the season series...Boston defeated Tampa Bay in the last meeting 2-1 at AMALIE Arena March 3, Mitchell Stephens netting the lone goal for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 33-of-35 shots in the loss...The Lightning earned a 3-2 victory over Boston Dec. 12 at AMALIE Arena, Steven Stamkos scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner at 15:13 of the third...The Lightning also won 4-3 in a shootout Oct. 17 the last time the two teams met in Boston, Brayden Point notching a goal and assist, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 34-of-37 shots -- and four more in the shootout -- and Steven Stamkos netting the only goal in the shootout in the fourth round to win it...The Lightning have won two in a row in Boston and six of their last eight overall in the regular season over the Bruins...Luke Schenn has more career assists (13) and points (16) vs. BOS than he does against any NHL team...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won four of his last five regular season starts vs. BOS.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning begin their 12th of 15 back-to-backs this season...Tampa Bay is 6-4-1 in the first half of a back-to-back...The Bolts are starting a stretch of three games in four days tonight...The Lightning are playing the third game in a stretch of five-straight games versus Atlantic Division foes...Tampa Bay can reach 90 points for the seventh-consecutive season with one more point...The Lightning have recorded 90 or more points in 11 seasons all-time.

2019-20 Man Games Lost: 95
Current injuries:
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 13 Games
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 14 Games
Steven Stamkos (Surgery to repair core muscle injury March 2; Out 6-to-8 Weeks) 4 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Victor Hedman Designed T-shirt
Victor Hedman's player designed t-shirt, featuring his dog Harry, is back in stock! $10 of every t-shirt sold will benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Get yours in store and at while supplies last.

The Road Ahead
Sunday, March 8 at Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday, March 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Thursday, March 12 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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