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Nuts & Bolts: A quick turnaround on Sunday in Detroit

Bolts visit the Red Wings on Sunday evening in the second half of a back-to-back

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

The Lightning make their first trip of the season to Detroit to face the Red Wings on Sunday. 

Lines from Saturday's game. 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

Curtis McElhinney expected to start

Sunday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Red Wings are playing their second of four meetings this season and the first of two at Little Caesars Arena...Tampa Bay defeated Detroit 2-1 in the first meeting of the season Dec. 29 at AMALIE Arena, Brayden Point netting the game- winning goal on a power play at 5:33 of the third period and Curtis McElhinney making 19-of-20 stops to earn his first win at AMALIE Arena as a member of the Lightning...Tampa Bay has won 16 in a row in the regular season over the Red Wings, the longest win streak against one franchise in team history and tied for the third longest in NHL history (longest: Montreal - 23 game win streak over Washington from Oct. 31, 1974 to March 25, 1978)...Tampa Bay's 16-game regular season win streak over Detroit is tied for the longest active win streak vs. one franchise in the NHL (also: Boston - 16-game win streak over Arizona from Oct. 10, 2010 to present)...The Lightning's last regular season loss to the Red Wings came Nov. 3, 2015 at Detroit in a 2-1 loss...The Bolts have won six straight in Detroit in the regular season...The Lightning are 4-0-0 all-time at Little Caesars Arena...Brayden Point (2-3--5), Kevin Shattenkirk (1- 2--3) and Victor Hedman (0-3--3) are each on a three-game point streak vs. DET...Ondrej Palat has points in two-straight games vs. DET (1-1--2)...Nikita Kucherov has more career goals vs. DET (16) than he does against any NHL team...Andrei Vasilevskiy has never lost in the regular season in his career vs. DET, going 8-0-0 with 15 combined goals allowed.

Sunday's Storylines
The Lightning are completing their 12th of 15 back-to-back sets of the 2019-20 season tonight...The Bolts are 8-2-1 in the second half of a back-to-back and have won their last three second halves of a back-to-back...Tampa Bay has swept five back-to-back sets this season, including the last two...The Lightning are playing the fourth game in a stretch of five-straight games versus Atlantic Division foes...The Bolts are playing the second game in a stretch of three games in four nights...Tampa Bay ranks tied for first in the NHL for wins (43), goal differential (+52) and goals per game (3.50); second for points (91) and points percentage (.669) and third for road wins (21), road points (45) and road points percentage (.662).

2019-20 Man Games Lost: 98
Current injuries
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 14 Games
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 15 Games
Steven Stamkos (Surgery to repair core muscle injury March 2; Out 6-to-8 Weeks) 5 Games

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The Road Ahead
Tuesday, March 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Thursday, March 12 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Saturday, March 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings

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