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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning face Stars after long layoff

Tampa Bay enters Monday's matchup in Dallas having not played a game in over a week

by Bryan Burns @TBLightning / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning wrap up the regular season series versus the Stars on Monday night. Tampa Bay dropped a 4-3 OT decision to Dallas at Amalie Arena last month in the first meeting between the two teams.

Lines from last Friday's game at Winnipeg. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Monday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Stars are playing their second of two meetings this season and the only meeting at American Airlines Center...Tampa Bay suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas in the previous matchup Dec. 19 at AMALIE Arena, the Stars rallying from a 3-1 deficit before Tyler Seguin's game-winner three minutes into the extra session...The Lightning outshot Dallas 48-20, the 48 shots tied for the most they've put up in a game this season and the 20 shots allowed tied for the fewest they've allowed in a game this season...That loss ended a five-game win streak and a six-game point streak for the Bolts over the Stars...Tampa Bay has won two straight in Dallas and is on a three-game point streak in Dallas (2-0-1)...The Lightning are 5-1-1 in their last seven trips to Dallas... Steven Stamkos has 14 goals in 14 career games vs. DAL for his best goals per game average versus any NHL team...Mikhail Sergachev is on a three-game goal streak vs. DAL (3-1--4) and has more career goals vs. the Stars than any other NHL team...Alex Killorn has scored a goal in two-straight games and three of his last four games vs. DAL; Killorn has points in four of his last five games vs. DAL (3-2--5)...Ondrej Palat is on a three-game point streak vs. DAL (2-3--5)...Kevin Shattenkirk has more career assists (22) and points (26) vs. DAL than he does against any other NHL team...Nikita Kucherov (1-4--5) and Tyler Johnson (1-1--2) each have points in two-straight games vs. DAL (1-1--2)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has never lost in regulation to Dallas, going 5-0-2 with two shutouts (both shutouts coming in 2018-19) over seven career starts...Curtis McElhinney is on a four-game win streak vs. DAL.

Monday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing their first game following a nine-day break for their bye week and All-Star Weekend...Tampa Bay is 6-0-0 this season with three or more days between games...The Bolts begin a four-game road trip tonight in Dallas and are playing the final game of three-straight games vs. Central Division teams...The Lightning are playing the fourth game in a stretch of eight-straight contests against Western Conference foes...Tampa Bay is 9-3-1 in its last 13 road games...The Bolts rank tied for second in the NHL for road wins (14) and road points percentage (.625) and tied for third for road points (30)...The Lightning are 12-2-0 over their last 14 games overall...The Bolts own the best goal differential in the NHL (+38).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 54
Current injuries
None

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
2020 NHL All-Star Jerseys
Purchase Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy's 2020 NHL All-Star Game jerseys in store and online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Wednesday, January 29 at Los Angeles Kings
Friday, January 31 at Anaheim Ducks
Saturday, February 1 at San Jose Sharks

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