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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning go for second-straight win over Sabres

Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Friday's Global Series-opener

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Bolts look to build off a solid performance on Friday night when they face the Sabres in Stockholm for the second straight game. 

The time off appeared to do the Lightning some good on Friday, as they put together one of their better performances of the season in Friday's 3-2 victory over Buffalo. 

Lines from Friday's game. Subject to change. 

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Luke Schenn

Goaltender
Curtis McElhinney expected to start

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Sabres are playing the second of their four meetings this season and the second of two at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe (today's game is technically a home game for the Bolts)...Tampa Bay has won four in a row over Buffalo, the Lightning's last loss to the Sabres coming in the 2018-19 series opener (1-2 loss Nov. 13, 2018 at BUF)...Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Lightning are 20-4-2 against the Sabres (Buffalo has scored one goal or fewer in 11 of those contests)...Nikita Kucherov is on a four-game goal streak vs. BUF and has recorded four goals and three assists combined in those four contests...Tyler Johnson has more career assists vs. BUF (14) than he does against any other NHL team...Pat Maroon is on a three-game point streak vs. BUF (2-1--3)...Victor Hedman has five combined assists in his last four games vs. BUF...Alex Killorn has recorded points in five of his last six games vs. BUF (2-6--8)...Kevin Shattenkirk has an assist in two-straight games vs. BUF (2 assists total)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed just 18 combined goals in 11 career games vs. BUF and owns a 9-1-1 record with two shutouts against the Sabres...Curtis McElhinney has won his last five starts vs. BUF after starting 0-3-0 and is 5-3-0 all-time in 10 appearances against the Sabres.

Saturday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is playing a regular season game outside North America for the third and fourth times in team history with the two games in Stockholm, Sweden...The Lightning started the 2008-09 regular season with a back-to-back set against the NY Rangers at the O2 Arena in Prague Oct. 4-5, 2008 as part of the NHL's Premier Series, the Bolts losing 2-1 in both the season opener Oct. 4 and the second half of the back-to-back Oct. 5 (each contest hosted 17,085 fans)...The two contests in Prague marked the NHL regular season debut for current Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who is the only player on Tampa Bay's current roster to play in those games...The Lightning earned their first regular season win outside North America in franchise history courtesy of their 3-2 win over Buffalo on Friday...The 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm mark's the League's 33rd and 34th regular season games contested at venues outside North America...A total of 25 franchises have played in these games in six different countries and eight different cities...The city of Stockholm is hosting its 11th and 12th regular season NHL games, the most among all overseas locales...The Lightning boast one Swedish-born player on their roster, Ornskoldsvik native Victor Hedman.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 17
Current injuries:
None

Watch Party at Armature Works
Join us for an official Lightning Watch party at Armature Works in Tampa! The party starts at noon with food and drink specials, Blue Crew and Lightning prizes. 

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Global Series Match-up Puck
Commemorate the Lightning's participation in the Global Series with this Limited Edition Match-up Puck. Available now in stores and at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Thursday, November 14 vs. New York Rangers
Saturday, November 16 vs. Winnipeg Jets
Tuesday, November 19 at St. Louis Blues

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