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Nuts & Bolts: Closing out the road trip vs. the Canes

Tampa Bay will look to extend a six-game winning streak on Sunday against Carolina

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

Following Saturday's victory in Ottawa, the Lightning face a quick turnaround as they travel to Raleigh to face the Hurricanes on Sunday evening.

Lines from Saturday's game. Subject to change.

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Braydon Coburn
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Sunday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Hurricanes are playing the final of three meetings this season and the second of two at PNC Arena...Carolina has won both previous meetings...The Hurricanes won 4-3 in overtime on Oct. 6 in Raleigh, the Canes limiting the Lightning to two shots from the start of the second period through overtime and 13 shots total, tied for the third fewest shots on the road in Tampa Bay history...That loss ended a six-game point streak for the Bolts in Raleigh...Carolina defeated the Lightning 3-2 at AMALIE Arena Nov. 30, the Bolts falling behind 3-0 in the first period and unable to come back despite goals from Brayden Point on the power play (3:26, 3rd) and Tyler Johnson (8:50, 3rd)...Tampa Bay has lost just twice in regulation in Raleigh since the start of the 2012-13 season, going 9-2-2...The Lightning are 19-3-3 overall against Carolina since 2012-13...Tyler Johnson has scored a goal in both meetings against Carolina and leads the Lightning for goals vs. the Canes this season; Johnson has goals in three-straight games vs. CAR and four of his last five games (6 goals total)...Tyler Johnson has more career goals (14) and points (22) vs. CAR than he has against any other NHL team...Victor Hedman is on a four-game assist streak vs. CAR (0-6--6)...Andrei Vasilevskiy hasn't faced Carolina this season and has never lost in his career to the Canes, going 6-0-0 with 13 goals allowed in six starts...Tyler Johnson (2-0--2), Victor Hedman (0-2--2) and Mikhail Sergachev (0-2--2) lead the Lightning in scoring this season vs. CAR.

Sunday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the final game of eight-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents...Tampa Bay is finishing its seventh of 15 back-to-back sets tonight...The Lightning are 4-1-1 in the second half of a back-to-back...All three games against Carolina this season are the second half of a back-to-back for the Bolts and have accounted for both of their losses in the back end of back-tobacks (0-1-1)...Tampa Bay is attempting to sweep a road trip of four or more games for the second time in franchise history (also: 4-0-0 from Feb. 26 to March 3, 2016)...The Lightning are on a season-long six-game win streak, their longest win streak since winning sevenconsecutive games March 9-21, 2019.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 44 Current injuries

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Brockman Jacket    
Gear up for winter with a Lightning mid-weight jacket, including this men's Brockman Jacket. Available in store and online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Tuesday, January 7 vs. Vancouver Canuck
Thursday, January 9 vs. Arizona Coyotes
Saturday, January 11 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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