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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning head north to San Jose

Tampa Bay visit the Sharks on Saturday in the finale of a four-game road trip

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

A day after facing the Ducks in Anaheim, the Lightnig head up the coast to face the Sharks at the SAP Center on Saturday night. 

Lines from Friday's game. Subject to change.

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

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

Curtis McElhinney expected to start

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Sharks are playing their second of two meetings this season and the lone meeting at SAP Center...Tampa Bay defeated San Jose 7-1 Dec. 7 at AMALIE Arena behind a 4-point night by Alex Killorn (goal, 3 assists), a pair of power-play goals from Steven Stamkos, two goals from Tyler Johnson and a 37-of-38 save performance by Andrei Vasilevskiy...The Lightning have won two straight over the Sharks, outscoring them a combined 13-4, both wins coming in Tampa...The Bolts saw their 16-game point streak, the second-longest in franchise history, come to an end in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks in their last visit to San Jose Jan. 5, 2019...The Lightning have lost two of their last three in San Jose but are 3-2-0 in their last five visits...Pat Maroon has more career regular season goals (10), points (18) and game-winning goals (4) vs. SJS than he does against any other NHL team; Maroon has points in threestraight regular season games vs. SJS (1-2--3) and recorded 3 assists in a 6-game Western Conference Finals series against the Sharks in 2019...Alex Killorn has 2 goals and 3 assists over his last two games vs. SJS...Tyler Johnson has four goals in his last three games vs. SJS...Carter Verhaeghe recorded his first career 3-point game (goal, 2 assists) in his first career meeting vs. SJS Dec. 7...Victor Hedman (3-3--6) and Steven Stamkos (4-3--7) each are on three-game point streaks vs. SJS...Yanni Gourde (1-1--2) and Anthony Cirelli (0-3--3) each have points in two-straight games vs. SJS.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning complete their 10th of 15 back-to-back sets tonight...The Bolts are 6-2-1 in the second half of a back-to-back...Tampa Bay is 7-0-0 against Pacific Division teams this season and has won 10 in a row over the Pacific dating back to last season...The Bolts' 10-game Pacific win streak is tied for their fifth-longest against any one division in franchise history (longest: current 14-game win streak over Atlantic teams)...The Lightning are on a 12-game point streak (11-0-1) versus Pacific teams...Tampa Bay is 14-2-1 over its last 17 contests...The Lightning rank tied for third in the NHL for wins (31) and fifth for points (67) and points percentage (.657) ...The Bolts are 8-2-1 in their last 11 road contests...The Lightning rank second in the NHL for road wins (16), road points (35) and road points percentage (.648)...Since the start of the 2016-17 season, no NHL team has more road wins (90) or a better road points percentage (.647) than Tampa Bay.

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

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The Road Ahead
Tuesday, February 4 vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Thursday, February 6 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Saturday, February 8 vs. New York Islanders

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