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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning host the red-hot Wild

Minnesota carries a ten-game point streak into Thursday's matchup at Amalie Arena

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning will look to snap Minnesota's ten-game point streak when they host the Wild at Amalie Arena on Thursday night. 

The Wild are 7-0-3 in their last ten games after defeating the Panthers in Sunrise on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay was also victorious in their most recent action, earning a 3-2 overtime win over the Predators on Tuesday. 

Lines from Tuesday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Steven Stamkos - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph
Carter Verhaeghe - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Wild are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Jan. 16 at MIN) and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Minnesota was one of three teams to sweep the regular season series from Tampa Bay last season (also: NSH & STL), the Wild winning 5-4 in overtime Oct. 20 at Xcel Energy Center and following up with a 3-0 shutout win March 7 at AMALIE Arena...The Lightning are looking to end a three-game winless skid against the Wild tonight (0-2-1)...The Bolts had won five straight at home against the Wild until getting shut out last season...The last two games at AMALIE Arena between Minnesota and Tampa Bay have ended in a 3-0 score, the Lightning posting a 3-0 shutout win Dec. 23, 2017 behind a 22-save effort by Andrei Vasilevskiy...Ryan McDonagh has 13 points in 12 career games vs. MIN for his best points per game (1.08) average against one team in the NHL...Minnesota is one of two teams Ondrej Palat has yet to score a goal against (also: STL).

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning being a three-game homestand at AMALIE Arena tonight...The Bolts play 10 of their next 12 games at home...Tampa Bay is playing the second of three-straight games against Western Conference foes...The Lightning have played the fewest games (25) in the NHL and the second-fewest home games (11) in the League (fewest: MIN - 10)...Tampa Bay owns the top home power play in the NHL at 36.4%, scoring 16 goals in 44 home power-play opportunities...The Lightning have scored at least one power-play goal in four-straight home contests (6 PPGs over that stretch).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 25
Current injuries:
Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 2 Games
Alex Killorn (Lower-body injury; Day-to-Day) 2 Games

Parking Info
For the 2019-20 season, pre-purchased Tampa Bay Lightning parking passes will be handled by our preferred parking vendor, Park Whiz. The decision to move to Park Whiz was made to provide our STMs with a higher level of service and accessibility when it comes to parking.

Additional information on your options for the upcoming season can be found below. Please note that season pass options are very limited and may sell out quickly.

Construction on the Water Street neighborhood, adjacent to AMALIE Arena, will continue to accelerate into 2020. Please allow a little extra time to navigate your way through downtown for each home game. We strongly encourage all fans to secure pre-paid parking in advance of their games.

Having trouble creating your account or purchasing your pass? Please call or text ParkWhiz Customer Support at 888-472-7594 or via email at help@parkwhiz.com.

Visit TampaBayLightning.com/parking for more information. 

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
LED Light-up Ornament Ball
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The Road Ahead
Saturday, December 7 vs. San Jose Sharks
Monday, December 9 vs. New York Islanders
Tuesday, December 10 at Florida Panthers

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