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Nuts & Bolts: Back to work after the break

The Lightning and Canadiens meet for the second time this season on Saturday

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

After a four-day layoff for the holiday break, the Lightning host the Canadiens on Saturdya night at Amalie Arena.

Tampa Bay comes in off a 6-1 victory over the Panthers on Monday night. Montreal resumes a seven-game road swing, having won three of four games in Western Canada heading into the break.

Lines from Monday's game. 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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Canadiens are playing their second of four meetings this season (also: Jan. 2 at MTL & March 5 vs. MTL) and the first of two at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay earned a 3-1 win in Montreal in the first meeting this season between the two teams Oct. 15, the Lightning netting three-consecutive goals after the Canadiens scored first...Braydon Coburn (19:53, 1st), Steven Stamkos on the power play (1:04, 2nd) and Tyler Johnson (2:01, 2nd) all scored for the Bolts, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 33-of-34 shots in the win...Tampa Bay has won four in a row at home vs. MTL and is on a six-game home point streak against the Habs (5-0-1)...Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Lightning are 8-1-3 at home in the regular season vs. MTL...The Bolts have won six of their last seven overall against Montreal (6-1-0) and are 9-2-2 vs. the Habs since the start of the 2016-17 season...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won five-straight starts vs. MTL and hasn't lost to the Habs in regulation in his last 10 starts (8-0-2)...Tyler Johnson has scored a goal in three of his last four games vs. MTL (3 goals total)...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 points (30) vs. MTL than he does against any other NHL team... Nikita Kucherov has points in nine of his last 10 games vs. MTL (6-9--15)...Steven Stamkos has points in three-straight games vs. MTL (2-3--5).

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning and the Canadiens will play twice in a six-day span...Tampa Bay is playing the third game of eight-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents...The Bolts are playing the second game of six-consecutive contests against Atlantic Division foes...Tampa Bay has won nine in a row against Atlantic opponents after starting the season 2-2-0 versus the division...The Lightning are 5-0-0 this season with three or more days between games...The Bolts lead the NHL for home goals per game (3.95) and home power-play percentage (38%)... Tampa Bay ranks third in the League for overall goals per game (3.51) and second for overall power play (29.6%)...The Lightning are beginning their sixth of 15 back-to-back sets tonight...The Bolts are 1-3-1 in the first half of a back-to- back set this season.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 40
Current injuries
Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 12 Games
Tyler Johnson (Lower-body injury; Day-to-Day) 1 Game

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
Limited Edition New Year's Puck
The Lightning Holiday Puck Collection continues with this New Year's edition. Collect them all in store and online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Sunday, December 29 vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday, December 31 at Buffalo Sabres
Thursday, January 2 at Montreal Canadiens

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