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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning face Sens on Saturday evening

Tampa Bay looks to extend a three-game winning streak over the Senators in Ottawa

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning's six-game road trip continues on Saturday as they travel to Ottawa to face the Senators. 

Both teams last saw action on Thursday night with the Bolts picking up a 7-3 win in Toronto and the Sens dropping a 6-4 decision at home to St. Louis.

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Senators are playing their first of four meetings this season and first of two at Canadian Tire Centre...Tampa Bay went 3-1-0 against Ottawa last season, the Lightning splitting a pair of games at AMALIE Arena (4-6 loss Nov. 10 & 5-1 win March 2) and sweeping both games in Ottawa (4-3 win Nov. 4 and 5-2 win April 1)...Tampa Bay's 5-2 win in Ottawa April 1 was the team's 60th of the season, the Lightning becoming one of just three teams in NHL history to reach the 60-win plateau in a single season (also: 1995-96 DET and 1976-77 MTL)...The Lightning have won three in a row over Ottawa and three straight in Ottawa...The Bolts have scored four goals or more in their last six contests versus Ottawa...Since the start of the 2012-13 season, the Lightning are 18-6-3 overall against Ottawa... Mathieu Joseph netted his first career goal Nov. 4, 2018 at Ottawa and recorded 3 goals and 2 assists last season against the Senators... Braydon Coburn has multiple points in three-straight games vs. OTT (1-5--6); three of his five multipoint games in 2018-19 came against OTT...Coburn has more career assists (16) and points (20) vs. OTT than he does against any other NHL team...Victor Hedman is on an eight-game point streak (5-6--11) vs. OTT (DNP 2 of the 4 meetings last season)...Nikita Kucherov has multiple points in two-straight games vs. OTT (1-4--5) and has more career assists (20) and points (29) vs. OTT than he does against any other NHL team... Mikhail Sergachev has points in three-straight games vs. OTT (2-2--4).

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing game No. 4 of a season long-tying six-game road trip (also: 6-straight games away from AMALIE Arena from Jan. 16-Feb. 1)...Tampa Bay has scored at least three goals in each of their first four games and ranks tied for third in the NHL for total goals (18) and goals per game (4.50)...Since the start of the 2018-19 campaign, the Lightning pace the NHL for goals per game by nearly half a goal.

The Bolts lead the League for goals all the way back to the start of the 2012-13 season with 1,719 (2nd: PIT - 1,692)...The Lightning rank tied for second in the NHL with CAR and WSH for defensemen scoring (14 pts.) behind only TOR (16 pts.).

Injuries
2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 7
Current injuries:
Cedric Paquette (Upper Body; Week-to-Week) 4 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
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The Road Ahead
Tuesday, October 15 at Montreal Canadiens
Thursday, October 17 at Boston Bruins
Saturday, October 19 vs. Colorado Avalanche

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