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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning close the back-to-back in New Jersey

The Bolts and Devils meet for the first time this season

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning aim to bounce back from Tuesday's loss to the Rangers when they travel to face the Devils in New Jersey. 

Tampa Bay began its five-game road trip on Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Nikita Kucherov scored the lone goal for the Bolts in the first period, as New York responded with four unanswered goals, including three in the third period. 

Lines from Tuesday's warmups. Subject to change.

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

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

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Wednesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Devils are playing their first of three meetings this season (also: Jan. 12 at NJD & March 15 vs. NJD) and first of two at the Prudential Center...Tampa Bay swept the three-game season series from New Jersey last season, the third time in franchise history the Lightning swept a multi-game season series from the Devils (also: 3-0-0 in 2015-16 and 4-0-0 in 2003-04)...Tampa Bay outscored New Jersey 18-6 last season, the Lightning winning 8-3 Oct. 30 (tied for most goals scored in a game in 2018-19) and 5-2Nov. 25 at AMALIE Arena and completing the sweep with a 5-1 win in their last trip to the Prudential Center Dec. 3...Brayden Point established a career high for single-game scoring after putting up a goal and four assists in Tampa Bay's 8-3 win over New Jersey Oct.30, 2018...Point is on a five-game point streak (5-8--13) vs. NJD, including multiple points in the last three games (4-7--11) and hasmore career assists (10) and points (16) vs. NJD than he does against any other NHL team...Tyler Johnson has scored a goal in three-straight games vs. NJD (3-1--4)...Ondrej Palat has points in three-straight games (2-1--3) vs. NJD (missed first two matchups lastseason due to injury)...Yanni Gourde established a career high for single-game assists with three helpers Oct. 30, 2018 vs. NJD...Braydon Coburn netted two goals Oct. 30, 2018 vs. NJD, just the second time in his career he's scored multiple goals in a game...Nikita Kucherov had multiple points in all three meetings vs. NJD last season (3-6--9).

Wednesday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is playing the second half of a back-to-back set, its second of 15 back-to-backs this season...The Lightning are 0-0-1 in the second half of a back-to-back set this season...The Bolts finished 2018-19 with a 7-4-0 record in the second half of a back-to-backset...The Lightning are playing the second game in a stretch of three-straight games against Metropolitan Division opponents...The Bolts are playing the middle game in a stretch of three games in four nights...Tampa Bay is looking to avoid its first three-game regularseason losing streak since March 24-29, 2018 (TBL did not lose more than two-consecutive games during the entire 2018-19 season).

2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 12
Current injuries:
Anthony Cirelli (Upper body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Victor Hedman (Lower body; Day-to-Day)
Pat Maroon (Upper body; Day-to-Day)

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Plush Unicorn
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The Road Ahead
Friday, November 1 at New York Islanders
Friday, November 8 at Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm, Sweden
Saturday, November 9 vs. Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm, Sweden

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