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Nuts & Bolts: Another matchup versus Montreal

The Bolts and Habs meet on Thursday for the second time in less than a week

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

The Bolts go for their second win over the Canadiens in a six day span when they travel to Montreal on Thursday.

Alex Killorn scored twice and Victor Hedman added four assists as the Lightning defeated the Habs 5-4 at Amalie Arena last Saturday night.

Projected lineup. Subject to change.

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

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

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Canadiens are playing their third of four meetings this season (also: March 5 vs. MTL) and the second of two at the Bell Centre... Tampa Bay has won both previous matchups this season...The Lightning won 3-1 in Montreal Oct. 15, the Bolts scoring three unanswered goals, including the game-winner and an insurance goal in a 57-second span early in the second period by Steven Stamkos on the power play (1:04) and Tyler Johnson (2:01) after going down 1-0 in the first period...Tampa Bay earned a 5-4 win over Montreal five days ago Dec. 28 in Tampa, Victor Hedman matching a Lightning franchise record for single-game assists by a defenseman (4) and Steven Stamkos recording his 800th career NHL point on a second period game-tying goal...Tampa Bay is 4-1-1 in its last six games in Montreal...The Lightning have won seven of their last eight overall against Montreal (7-1-0) and are 10-2-2 vs. the Habs since the start of the 2016-17 season... Andrei Vasilevskiy has won six-straight starts vs. MTL and hasn't lost to the Habs in regulatoin in his last 11 starts (9-0-2)...Ondrej Palat has recorded more career assists vs. MTL (15) than he has against any other NHL team...Yanni Gourde has more career goals (6) vs. MTL than he does against any other NHL team...Victor Hedman has more career assists (28) and points (34) vs. MTL than he does against any other NHL team...Steven Stamkos has points in four-straight games vs. MTL (3-4--7).

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the sixth game of eight-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents and the fifth game of six- consecutive contests against Atlantic Division foes...Tampa Bay has won 12 in a row against Atlantic opponents, the streak starting with a 3-1 win at Montreal Oct. 15 after beginning the season 2-2-0 vs. the division...The Bolts are on a season-high four game win streak and are looking to win five-consecutive games for the first time since winning seven in a row March 9-21, 2019...Tampa Bay's four- game win streak is the longest active win streak in the Eastern Conference and second longest current streak in the NHL (longest: VAN - 5-straight wins)...Tampa Bay is 4-1-1 in its last six road games...The Lightning own the seventh-best goal differential (+17) in the NHL...The Bolts rank second in the League for goals per game at 3.58 (1st: COL - 3.60) and power-play percentage at 29.7% (1st: EDM - 30.2%).


2019-20 Man Games Lost: 41
Current injuries


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The Road Ahead
Saturday, January 4 at Ottawa Senators
Sunday, January 5 at Carolina Hurricanes
Tuesday, January 7 vs. Vancouver Canucks

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