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Nuts & Bolts: An in-state matchup vs. the Cats

The Lightning go for their third win of the season against the Panthers on Monday

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning will look to break out of a two-game skid when they host the Panthers on Monday night.

Florida has played well as of late, winning three-straight games including both halves of a back-to-back against Dallas and Carolina on Friday and Saturday.

Projected lineup. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Monday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Panthers are playing their fourth of four meetings this season and the second of two at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay has won two of the three previous matchups...The Lightning scored three unanswered goals in the third period to break open a 2-2 game in a 5-2 win over the Panthers at AMALIE Arena Opening Night Oct. 3...Florida responded two nights later in Sunrise Oct. 5, defeating the Bolts 4-3 behind Mike Hoffman's hat trick...The Lightning were 2-1 winners in the teams' last meeting Dec. 10 at Florida, Andrei Vasilevskiy making 27-of-28 saves and Alex Killorn netting the eventual game-winner at 4:51 of the second to put the Bolts in front 2-0...Alex Killorn (1-3--4) leads the Lightning for scoring against Florida this season...Steven Stamkos paces the Bolts for goals (2) in 2019-20 vs. the Panthers...Alex Killorn has more career points (7-14--21) vs. FLA than he does against any other NHL team...Steven Stamkos has tallied more career goals (33), assists (32), points (65) and power-play goals (14) vs. FLA than he has against any other NHL team...Ondrej Palat scored the game-winning goal in Tampa Bay's season-opening win over Florida Oct. 3 and has more career goals (8) vs. FLA than he does against any other NHL team... Carter Verhaeghe recorded his first career NHL point (assist) in his second career game Oct. 5 at FLA...Victor Hedman (0-6--6) and Steven Stamkos (4-5--9) each have tallied points in five of their last six games vs. FLA...Mikhail Sergachev recorded his only career three-point game (0-3--3) Oct. 3 vs. FLA.

Monday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the second game of eight-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents...The Bolts are playing the first of six-consecutive contests versus Atlantic Division foes...Tampa Bay has won eight in a row against Atlantic opponents after starting the season 2-2-0 versus the division...The Lightning lead the NHL for home power-play percentage (35.8%) and home power-play goals (24)...The Bolts have scored at least one power-play goal in 14 of 18 home games this season...The Lightning rank second in the NHL for overall power play at 28.1% (1st: EDM - 29.4%).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 38
Current injuries
Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 11 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. 

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The Road Ahead
Saturday, December 28 vs. Montreal Canadiens
Sunday, December 29 vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday, December 31 at Buffalo Sabres

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