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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning close out the homestand vs. Nashville

After Saturday's game, the Bolts won't play at Amalie Arena again until the middle of November

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Following Saturday's matchup vs. the Predators at Amalie Arena, the Lightning's hit the road for an extended period. The Bolts won't play a true home game again until November 14 after three games in the New York City are and the pair of Global Series games in Sweden vs. the Sabres. 

Before they leave, however, the Bolts host a dangerous Nashville team that comes in riding two-straight wins and currently sit second in the Central Division.

Lines from Friday's practice. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Curtis McElhinney expected to start

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Predators are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Dec. 3 at NSH) and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Nashville swept Tampa Bay in 2018-19, winning 4-1 Nov. 1 at AMALIE Arena and 3-2 in Nashville Nov. 19...The Predators were one of three teams to sweep the Lightning last season (also: MIN and STL) and the only to win both matchups in regulation...Tampa Bay has lost three straight and five of its last six to Nashville...The Lightning have dropped three in a row at home to the Predators, scoring one goal in each of those matchups and getting outscored 16-3...Luke Witkowski scored his first career goal Feb. 17, 2018 at Nashville against Juuse Saros while a member of the Detroit Red Wings...Victor Hedman has recorded points in five of his last six games vs. NSH (1-6--7) and scored the Bolts' lone goal in their 4-1 home loss to the Preds last season (Nov. 1)...Erik Cernak tallied his first career NHL point (assist) Nov. 19, 2018 at NSH...Current Lightning goaltenders are searching for their first career win vs. NSH (Andrei Vasilevskiy is 0-3-1 in 5 GP and Curtis McElhinney is 0-1-0 in 3 GP).

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning have netted the opening goal in three of nine contests so far this season and are a perfect 3-0-0 when doing so...The Bolts have yet to trail after the first period this season (leading 4 times and tied 5 times)...Tampa Bay closes a three-game homestand tonight and is playing its fourth home game of the season, one of two teams along with Minnesota (3-7-0) to have played just three home games entering Saturday...The Lightning are one of two teams yet to surrender an opponent power-play goal at home (also: SJS), going 7-for-7 on the penalty kill at AMALIE Arena. 

Injuries
2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 11
Current injuries:
None

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
Global Series Match-up Tee
Gear up for Sweden with this Global Series Match-up T-shirt from '47. Available in store and at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Tuesday, October 29 at New York Rangers
Wednesday, October 30 at New Jersey Devils
Friday, November 1 at New York Islanders

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