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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning face Hurricanes on very short notice

It was announced on Friday morning that the originally scheduled March 28th game between the Bolts and Canes was moving to Saturday

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

Instead of heading west to face the Stars, Tampa Bay will fly north to Raleigh to begin a two-game set against the Hurricanes on Saturday night. 

When: Saturday, February 20 - 7 p.m. ET
Where: PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV coverage: FOX Sports Sun (check local listings)
Radio coverage: WFLA 970-AM, Lightning Power Play
Where to stream it: FOX Sports GONHL.TV

Projected Lineup (subject to change)
Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Steven Stamkos
Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Mathieu Joseph
Barclay Goodrow - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Pat Maroon - Gemel Smith - Alexander Volkov

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Luke Schenn

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Hurricanes are playing their second of eight meetings this season and the first of four over the next six days... Tampa Bay fell 1-0 in overtime in their lone prior matchup this season against Carolina Jan. 28, Martin Necas scoring the only goal 1:12 into OT at PNC Arena, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 34-of-35 shots in his first ever loss to the Canes...Tampa Bay is on a nine-game point streak in Raleigh, the Bolts going 5-0-4 since their last regulation loss at PNC Arena Jan. 27, 2015 (4-2 L)...Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Tampa Bay is 20-3-4 overall against Carolina, including an 11-1-4 mark since 2015-16...Since the start of the 2012-13 season, the Lightning are 10-1-4 in Raleigh...The Bolts are 63-46-9 with 10 ties all-time against Carolina and have recorded 145 points, the second most against an opponent in franchise history (most: 149 pts. vs. FLA)...Pat Maroon is looking for his first career goal vs. Carolina, the lone NHL team he has yet to score against.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning begin a two-game road trip tonight in Carolina...Tampa Bay was originally scheduled to close a two-game set at Dallas tonight but had both games postponed (Feb. 18 and 20) due to weather conditions in Dallas...Tonight's contest was originally scheduled for March 28...Tampa Bay is playing for the first time in five days...The Lightning have scored at least four goals in four of their last five games and pace the NHL for goals per game (3.86)...The Bolts have led the NHL for goals per game each of the previous three seasons (3.54 - 2017-18; 3.89 - 2018-19; 3.47 - 2019-20)...The Lightning rank fourth in the NHL for fewest goals allowed per game (2.29)...Tampa Bay owns the top road power play in the NHL currently, connecting on 38.1 percent of its opportunities (8 PPGs on 21 road power plays)... The Lightning have scored at least one power-play goal in four-straight road games (7 PPGs total) and five of seven road games overall this season.

Injuries
2020-21 Reg. Season Man Games Lost: 30  
Anthony Cirelli (Upper-body injury; Week-to-week) 2 Games  
Nikita Kucherov (Hip surgery Dec. 29; Out) - 14 Games  
Mitchell Stephens (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) - 10 Games

The Road Ahead
Monday, February 22 at Carolina Hurricanes
Wednesday, February 24 vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Thursday, February 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

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