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Nuts & Bolts: A matchup vs. the Pacific-leading Coyotes

Tampa Bay goes for a ninth-straight win on Thursday against Arizona

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning and Coyotes meet for the first time this season on Thursday night at Amalie Arena. 

Lines from Tuesday's game. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and Coyotes are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Feb. 22 at ARI) and the only one at AMALIE Arena... Tampa Bay and Arizona split the two-game series in 2018-19, each team winning at home...The Lightning earned a 4-1 win in their last matchup with Arizona March 18 at AMALIE Arena, the Bolts scoring four unanswered goals -- including back-to-back shorthanded tallies by Anthony Cirelli and Yanni Gourde 36 seconds apart in the final minute -- to clinch the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference and Presidents' Trophy...Also in that win, Steven Stamkos scored his 384th career goal at 6:54 of the first period to pass Vincent Lecavalier and become the all-time franchise leader for goals...The Coyotes defeated the Lightning 7-1 in Arizona Oct. 27, the six-goal margin of defeat the largest of the season for the Bolts...Victor Hedman is on a four-game point streak vs. ARI (2-2--4)... Yanni Gourde has points in two-straight games vs. ARI (1-1--2)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won two-straight starts vs. ARI, giving up just one goal in each victory...Curtis McElhinney has never lost in his career to Arizona, going 3-0-0 with one shutout.

Thursday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is aiming for its ninth-consecutive win tonight, which would be tied for the second-longest win streak in team history (also: 9-straight wins Feb. 18-March 5, 2016) and one game from matching the longest win streak in franchise history (10-straight wins Feb. 9-27, 2019)...The Lightning's current eight-game win streak is the longest active streak in the NHL and tied for the second-longest streak in the NHL this season (longest: 10-straight wins by NYI Oct. 12-Nov. 5)...Tampa Bay has won a season-long four-straight games at AMALIE Arena and is on a six-game home point streak (5-0-1)...The Lightning became the sixth team in the last 20 years in the NHL to score nine goals in a game multiple times in a season on Tuesday, joining Calgary (2018-19), St. Louis (2010-11), Carolina (2008-09), Toronto (2006-07) and Toronto (2005-06)...Tampa Bay has yet to lose to a Pacific Division team this season, going 3-00...The Lightning have won six in a row over Pacific teams dating back to last season and are on an eight-game point streak vs. the Pacific (7-0-1)...The Lightning lead the NHL for goals per game (3.69) and are tied for first in the NHL with Edmonton for power-play percentage (29.2%)...Tampa Bay's +29 goal differential is tied for third best in the NHL...The Bolts' .643 points percentage is sixth best in the NHL.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 46
Current injuries
Ryan McDonagh (Upper-Body Injury; Out Indefinitely) 2 Games

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
Hedman NHL All-Star Jersey
Victor Hedman is headed to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis. A limited number of ADIZERO jerseys are now available in store and online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Saturday, January 11 at Philadelphia Flyers
Sunday, January 12 at New Jersey Devils
Tuesday, January 14 vs. Los Angeles Kings

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