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Nuts & Bolts: A stiff test awaits the Lightning in D.C.

The Bolts travel to face the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals on Friday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning and Capitals meet for the first time this season on Friday night in Washington. 

Tampa Bay went 2-1-0 against Washington in the three-game season series last year. The Bolts won the lone game played at the Capital One Center 5-4 in OT with Victor Hedman scoring the game-winner. 

Lines from Wednesday's game. Subject to change.

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Mikhail Sergachev
Braydon Coburn - Luke Schenn
Jan Rutta

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Friday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Capitals are playing their first of three meetings this season (also: Dec. 14 vs. WSH & Dec. 21 at WSH) and the first of two at Capital One Arena...Tampa Bay won two out of three meetings against Washington in 2018-19, the Lightning winning 6-3 at AMALIE Arena March 16 behind Alex Killorn's first career hat trick and establishing new franchise records for wins (55) and points (114) and following up with a 5-4 overtime victory March 20 in D.C., Victor Hedman scoring the game-winner 3:01 into OT and Andrei Vasilevskiy setting a franchise record for saves (54) in a single game...Washington defeated the Lightning 6-3 at AMALIE Arena March 30 for the Caps' lone win in the season series...Tampa Bay has won two straight in Washington after losing the previous five in a row in D.C....The Lightning have won four of their last six overall against the Caps...Mathieu Joseph has recorded an assist in two-straight games vs. WSH...Ryan McDonagh has recorded more career assists (19) and points (21) vs. WSH than he has against any other NHL team...Nikita Kucherov has scored seven career regular season power-play goals vs. WSH (in 17 games), tied for his most power-play goals against any one team in the NHL (also: 7 PPGs in 23 games vs. DET)...Kucherov is on a 10-game regular season point streak vs. WSH (9-5--14).

Friday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the first half of a back-to-back set tonight, their fourth of 15 back-to-backs this season...Tampa Bay is 1-2-0 in the first half of a back-to-back this season...Tampa Bay has allowed just two power-play goals in November (in 10 games), and the Lightning penalty kill ranks first in the NHL in November (93.5%)...The Bolts own a plus-13 goal differential in first periods this season, tied for the best goal differential in the NHL for any period (also: BOS - +13 in 3rd PER & PIT - +13 in 3rd PER).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 21
Current injuries: Steven Stamkos (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 3 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Smithers Polo
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The Road Ahead
Saturday, November 30 vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Tuesday, December 3 at Nashville Predators
Thursday, December 5 vs. Minnesota Wild

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