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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning close out the back-to-back against Carolina

The Bolts and Canes meet for the first time this season

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning will look to hand the Hurricanes their first loss of the season when the two teams meet in Raleigh on Sunday. 

Just like the Bolts, Carolina will be playing in the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday. The Hurricanes moved to 2-0-0 on the seaosn with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Capitals in Washington on Saturdyay night. 

Lines from Saturday's game. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Sunday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Hurricanes are playing the first of three meetings this season and the first of two at PNC Arena...Tampa Bay won all three games from Carolina in 2018-19, the Bolts winning 4-2 (Oct. 16) and 3-1 (Jan. 10) at AMALIE Arena and completing the sweep with a 6-3 win (March 21) at PNC Arena...The Lightning have won seven of their last eight versus Carolina and are on a 12-game point streak against the Canes (10-0-2...last reg. loss came Jan. 27, 2015 at Carolina 4-2)...Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Tampa Bay is 19-2-2 against Carolina...The Bolts are on a six-game point streak at Carolina (4-0-2)...Mathieu Joseph logged his first career point (assist) last season vs. CAR (Oct. 16)...Tyler Johnson netted a team-high four goals last season vs. CAR, including his 5thcareer hat trick Oct. 16 vs. CAR (2 of Johnson's 5 hat tricks have come against CAR...also: Jan. 9, 2018 vs. CAR), and has nine goals in his last seven games vs. CAR...Ondrej Palat has points in seven of his last eight games vs. CAR (2-6--8)...Victor Hedman has four assists in his last two games vs. CAR and points in seven of his last eight vs. CAR (3-9--12)...Nikita Kucherov is on a three-game point streak vs. CAR (0-3--3)...Steven Stamkos has a goal and 4 assists in his last 2 games vs. CAR...Andrei Vasilevskiy is 6-0-0 for his career vs. CAR (13 total goals allowed on 184 shots)...Curtis McElhinney played last season for Carolina and set career highs for starts (33), wins (20) and minutes (1,978).

Sunday's Storylines
The Lightning are completing their first of 15 back-to-back sets this season...The Bolts finished 2018-19 with a 7-4-0 record in the second half of a back-to-back...Tampa Bay is in the midst of a season long-tying six-game road trip (also: 6-straight games away from AMALIE Arena from Jan. 16-Feb. 1)...The Lightning set franchise records for road wins (30) and road points (62) in 2018-19...The Bolts' 30 road wins were the second most all-time in the NHL (most: 31 - 2005-06 DET)...Tampa Bay has scored five goals through two games in the third period, tied for first in the NHL for third-period goals.

Injuries
2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 4
Current injuries:
Cedric Paquette (Upper Body; Week-to-Week) 2 Games
Brayden Point (Hip surgery; Out) 2 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Tie-Dye Tee
Tie-dye is back in fashion. Get your Lightning Ocean Blue Tie-Dye t-shirt now in store or online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Thursday, October 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Saturday, October 12 at Ottawa Senators
Tuesday, October 15 at Montreal Canadiens

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