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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning begin longest homestand to date

Bolts get a respite from the road as they open a three-game homestand on Saturday vs. the Ducks

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning can finally settle in for an extended stay at home that begins on Saturday night against Anaheim. 

Tampa Bay's seven home games are the fewest of any team in the League so far this season, however, the Bolts will close out November with four of their next fives games at Amalie Arena. 

Lines from Saturday's morning skate. Subject to change.

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Jan Rutta
Braydon Coburn - Luke Schenn

Goaltender
Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Ducks are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Jan. 31 at ANA) and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay and Anaheim split the two-game season series in 2018-19, each team winning on the road...Anaheim scored a 3-1 win at AMALIE Arena Nov. 27, Brayden Point netting the lone goal for the Lightning...That regulation loss was the last for Tampa Bay before going on an eight-game win streak and 16-game point streak (15-0-1), the second-longest point streak in team history (longest: 18-straight games Feb. 5-March 12, 2004)...The Lightning won in Anaheim 2-1 in OT Dec. 31, the next-to-last game in the Bolts' 16game point streak, Brayden Point netting the game-winner :35 seconds into extra time...The Bolts have split the two-game season series with Anaheim each of the last three seasons...Tampa Bay has lost two in a row at home to Anaheim, scoring a single goal in each loss...Prior to that, the Lightning had won five straight at home over Anaheim and recorded at least a point in six straight...Pat Maroon has nine career assists vs. ANA, more than he has against any other NHL team, and is on a nine-game point streak vs. the Ducks (1-9--10)...Brayden Point has scored a goal in two-straight games vs. ANA...Nikita Kucherov is on a three-game point streak vs. ANA (1-3--4)...Andrei Vasilevskiy is 2-0-0 in two career starts vs. ANA, giving up just one goal in each.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the final game in a set of four-straight games against Western Division opponents...The Bolts are playing a Pacific Division team for the first time this season...Tampa Bay went 11-4-1 against Pacific teams last season...The Lightning begin a stretch of five games in eight days tonight...Tampa Bay has played the fewest home games (7) and the fewest total games (19) in the NHL...The Lightning own the top home power play in the NHL (38.5%) and the third overall power play in the League (29.8%)...The Bolts are averagine 3.58 goals per game, third most in the NHL.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 18
Current injuries: Nikita Kucherov (Upper Body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Steven Stamkos (Lower Body; Day-to-Day)

Metropolitan Ministries Teen Toy Drive
Along with Metropolitan Ministries staff and volunteers, Lightning players' wives and girlfriends will be accepting donations of teen toy items on Ford Thunder Alley starting at 4:30 p.m. The Lightning invite fans to bring one or more items and be entered to win a chance to attend a morning skate for a future Bolts home 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
'47 Women's Meeko Knits
Gear up for the cold with the latest knits from Tampa Bay Sports, including these Meeko Knits with faux fur. Available in black or white in store and at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Monday, November 25 vs. Buffalo Sabres
Wednesday, November 27 vs. St. Louis Blues
Friday, November 29 at Washington Capitals

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