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Nuts & Bolts: Finally back home

The Bolts open a three-game homestand on Saturday night vs. Colorado

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Avalanche make their annual visit to Amalie Arena to face the Bolts on Saturday night. 

Tampa Bay is coming off a 3-2-1 road trip that concluded on Thursday with a shotout victory over the Bruins. Colorado will be playing in the second half of a back-to-back after facing the Panthers in Sunrise on Friday night. 

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
Steven Stamkos - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph
Pat Maroon - Carter Verhaeghe - Luke Witkowski

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Avalanche are playing their first of two meetings this season and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay swept Colorado in 2018-19, the Lightning winning 1-0 in Denver Oct. 24 before handing the Avalanche a 7-1 loss in Tampa Dec. 8, the six goal margin of victory tied for the Bolts largest of the season (also: 8-2 win vs. CBJ Oct. 13 & 6-0 win vs. DAL Feb. 14)...The Lightning have swept the Avalanche each of the last two seasons and have won five in a row over the Avs dating back to the 2016-17 season, scoring an averaging of 4.4 goals during that five-game run...The Bolts have won two in a row and five of their last seven at home over Colorado...Alex Killorn has recorded points in four of his last five meetings vs. COL (2-2--4)...Ondrej Palat scored a pair of goals in Tampa Bay's 7-1 win vs. COL on Dec. 8, 2018 for his only two-goal game of the 2018-19 season and 11th multi-goal game of his career...Brayden Point has tallied points in four of his last five games vs. COL (2-2--4)...Kevin Shattenkirk has recorded points in six of his last seven games vs. COL (0-10--10)...Yanni Gourde has points in three of his four career games vs. COL (1-4--5)...Nikita Kucherov is on a three-game point streak vs. COL (2-2--4)...Steven Stamkos has points in two-straight contests vs. COL (2-3--5) and had a four-point night in his last meetings against the Avs Dec. 8, 2018 (2-2--4)...Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded a 22-save shutout his last start against the Avs Oct. 24, 2018 at COL.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning have won two-straight games for the first time this season and are looking for their first three-game win streak since winning seven in a row from March 9-21, 2019...Tampa Bay is playing just its second home game of the season; the Lightning and Minnesota are the only teams in the NHL to play only one home game entering Saturday (the Wild are 1-6-0 overall)...The Bolts tied a franchise record with 32 home wins in 2018-19 (also: 32 home wins in 2014-15) and established a new mark for home points (66) last season...The Lightning are averaging 27.1 shots per game, second fewest in the NHL (fewest: EDM - 25.6), and are allowing 34.6 shots a contest, third most in the League (most: OTT - 36.5).

Injuries
2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 10  
Current injuries:  
Cedric Paquette (Upper Body; Day-to-day) 7 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. 

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
ADIZERO Player Third Jersey
The Lightning are back in black tonight! Get your ADIZERO Jersey with Authentic Player Name & Number in store or at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Wednesday, October 23 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Saturday, October 26 vs. Nashville Predators
Tuesday, October 29 at New York Rangers

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