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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning close the homestand vs. Dallas

Tampa Bay can secure a winning homestand with a victory over the Stars on Thursday

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning host the Stars on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game homestand. It's been up and down stay at home for the Bolts as they've gone 2-1-0 so far with wins over Boston and Ottawa but a loss to Washington. 

Lines from Tuesday's game. Subject to change.

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Stars are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Jan. 27 at DAL) and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay swept Dallas in 2018-19, the Lightning shutting out the Stars in both wins...The Bolts were victorious 2-0 in Dallas Jan. 15, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping all 35 shots to record his 15th career shutout while Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev provided the goals for the Lightning...Tampa Bay completed the season sweep with a 6-0 win over the Stars Feb. 14 at AMALIE Arena, Andrei Vasilevskiy making 32 saves for his 17th career shutout and tying Ben Bishop for most shutouts in franchise history (a record he has since surpassed after notching his 18th career shutout a game later Feb. 16 vs. MTL)...Tampa Bay has swept the regular season series from Dallas each of the last two seasons and is on a five-game win streak against the Stars, outscoring them 25-8 in the process...The Lightning have scored six goals in each of their last three home games vs. DAL, all victories...The Bolts are on a sixgame point streak vs. the Stars (5-0-1)...Brayden Point has recorded points in five of his six career games vs. DAL (3-3--6)...Kevin Shattenkirk has more career assists (21) and points (25) vs. DAL than he does against any other NHL team...Anthony Cirelli has recorded a point in each of his three career meetings vs. DAL (1-3--4) and became one of four Lightning players all-time to record two points in their first NHL game when he scored a goal and added an assist in his NHL debut March 1, 2018 at DAL...Steven Stamkos is on a six-game point streak vs. DAL (9-5--14), recording multiple points in four of those six games; Stamkos has 14 goals in 13 career games vs. DAL, the only team in the NHL he has more goals than games played against...Mikhail Sergachev has scored a goal in two-straight games and three of his four career games vs. DAL...Andrei Vasilevskiy has never lost in regulation to Dallas, going 5-0-1 in six games, allowing 12 combined goals; Vasilevskiy has allowed just one goal in his last three starts vs. DAL.

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning conclude a four-game homestand tonight against the Stars...Tampa Bay has gone four-consecutive games without allowing a power-play goal, killing off 11 consecutive opponent power plays...The Lightning have allowed just one power-play goal in their last seven games (18-of-19 on the penalty kill over that stretch)...The Bolts rank second in the NHL for home penalty-kill percentage at 88.2% (1st: SJS - 93.2%)...Tampa Bay paces the NHL for home power-play percentage (34.3%) and ranks second for overall power play at 28.8% (1st: EDM - 31.4%).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 36
Current injuries Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 9 Games

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
Men's Bart Polo
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The Road Ahead
Saturday, December 21 at Washington Capitals
Monday, December 23 vs. Florida Panthers
Saturday, December 28 vs. Montreal Canadiens

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