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Nuts & Bolts: Going for eight in a row Tuesday vs. Pens

The Lightning enter Tuesday's matchup against Pittsburgh riding a seven-game winning streak

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning ride a seven-game winning streak into Tuesday's matchup against the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. 

This will be the second meeting in six days between the Bolts and the Pens. Tampa Bay collected a 4-2 victory last Thursday night at Amalie Arena. 

Lines from Monday's game. Subject to change.

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Luke Schenn

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Penguins are playing their third of three meetings this season and the only meeting at PPG Paints Arena...Tampa Bay has won both prior matchups against Pittsburgh this season and is attempting to sweep the regular season series from the Penguins for the first time since 2015-16 and fifth time overall...The Bolts and Pens are playing for the second time in six days, the Lightning having defeated Pittsburgh 4-2 on Feb. 6 at AMALIE Arena, Andrei Vasilevskiy making 29-of-31 saves to extend his point streak to 17 games (15-0-2) to set a new franchise record...The Lightning earned a 3-2 win over the Penguins in the first meeting this season Oct. 23 at AMALIE Arena, Victor Hedman scoring on a power play with 57 seconds remaining for the game-winning goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 37-of-39 shots, including a glove save on Kris Letang as time expired...Tampa Bay has won three in a row over the Penguins...The Lightning have won just twice in their last 15 regular season trips to Pittsburgh, going 2-12-1 since the start of the 2010-11 season...Steven Stamkos is on a five-game point streak vs. PIT (2-3--5)...Victor Hedman has points in four- straight games vs. PIT (1-5--6)...Alex Killorn has more career assists (16) vs. PIT than he does against any other NHL team and has points in seven of his last eight contests vs. PIT (1-10--11)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won three-straight starts vs. PIT.

Tuesday's Storylines
The Lightning are completing their 11th of 15 back-to-back sets...The Bolts are 7-2-1 in the second half of a back-to-back...Tampa Bay is aiming to sweep its second straight back-to-back set and has four back-to-back sweeps so far this season...The Lightning are on a seven-game win streak, the longest active win streak in the NHL and tied for the fifth-longest win streak in the League this season...The Bolts have picked up points nine-straight games (8-0-1) and are 19-2-1 over their last 22 games...Tampa Bay enters Pittsburgh having won four-straight road contests -- tied for the longest active road win streak in the NHL -- and on a six-game road point streak (5-0- 1)...The Bolts can match their longest road win streak of the season (5-straight road wins Dec. 27-Jan. 12) with a victory tonight...The Lightning lead the NHL for goal differential (+50), rank tied for first for wins with WSH (36) and tied for second for points (77) and points percentage (.688)...The Bolts pulled into a tie with Washington for second place overall in the NHL standings by virtue of their win in Columbus Monday.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 60
Current injuries
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 2 Games
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 3 Games
Steven Stamkos (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 1 Game

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The Road Ahead
Thursday, February 13 vs. Edmonton Oilers
Saturday, February 15 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Monday, February 17 at Colorado Avalanche

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