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Nuts & Bolts: A matchup vs. the defending Cup Champs

Bolts open a two-game trip on Tuesday against the Blues

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Bolts travel to St. Louis to face the defending Stanley Cup Champions on Tuesday night.

Lines from Saturday's game. Subject to change.

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Luke Schenn

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Blues are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Nov. 27 vs. STL) and the only meeting at Enterprise Center...Tampa Bay and St. Louis will play twice in a nine-day span...The Lightning went 0-1-1 last season vs. St. Louis, the Blues winning 1-0 in overtime (Brayden Schenn at 4:01) at AMALIE Arena Feb. 7 and 4-3 at Enterprise Center March 23...The Bolts are just 1-5-1 since the start of 2010-11 in St. Louis, that victory coming in a 3-0 shutout win Dec. 12, 2017 behind a 32-save performance by Andrei Vasilevskiy (7th career shutout)...The Lightning have four wins all-time in St. Louis in 20 attempts (4-14-2), their .250 points percentage in St. Louis tied for their second worst road points percentage against any NHL franchise (also: .231 - MIN; .250 -BOS)...Tampa Bay has gotten points in four of its last five meetings overall with St. Louis (3-1-1)...Tyler Johnson has scored three career power-play goals against St. Louis, tied for the most he's put up against any one team (also: MTL)...Brayden Point has recorded points in three of his last four games vs. STL (2-2--4).

Tuesday's Storylines
The Lightning are searching for their first victory against a Western Conference opponent (0-2-1) and are playing the second game of four-straight games versus the West...The Bolts are playing the second game of three straight vs. Central Division opponents...Sinc ethe start of the 2017-18 season, the Lightning are 18-9-4 vs. the Central Division...Tampa Bay is 28-36-0 with four ties all-time when facing the defending Stanley Cup champion the following season after that opponent won the Stanley Cup, including a 4-2-0 mark overthe last two seasons.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 17
Current injuries: None

The Road Ahead
Thursday, November 21 at Chicago Blackhawks
Saturday, November 23 vs. Anaheim Ducks
Monday, November 25 vs. Buffalo Sabres

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