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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning put winning streak on the line vs. Pens

Tampa Bay enters Thursday's matchup against Pittsburgh having won four-straight

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Bolts go for their fifth-straight win on Thursday when they host the Penguins. Pittsburgh has also played well as of late, winning four of their last five games. 

Lines from Wednesday's practice. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Penguins are playing their second of three meetings this season and the second of two at AMALIE Arena...The two teams are playing twice in a six-day span as Tampa Bay travels to Pittsburgh on Feb. 11...The Lightning earned a 3-2 victory over the Penguins in the first meeting this season Oct. 23 at AMALIE Arena, the Bolts rallying from a 2-1 deficit entering the third period behind goals from Cedric Paquette, playing his first game of the season, and Victor Hedman on a power play with 57 seconds remaining...Also from that game, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37-of-39 shots, including a glove save on Kris Letang as time expired to preserve the win... Tampa Bay has won four in a row and seven of its last eight at home over Pittsburgh...The Bolts have won two in a row overall against the Pens...Alex Killorn has more career regular season assists (16) vs. PIT than he does against any other NHL team and is on a seven-game point streak vs. PIT (1-10--11)...Steven Stamkos is on a four-game point streak vs. PIT (1-3--4)...Ryan McDonagh has tallied an assist in three-straight games vs. PIT (3 assists total)...Victor Hedman has points in three-straight games vs. PIT (1-2--3).

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning begin a stretch of four-consecutive games against Metropolitan Division teams tonight...Tampa Bay enters tonight's contest on a seven-game home win streak, the second-longest active home win streak in the NHL (longest: 9-straight home wins by Vancouver) and tied for the third-longest home win streak in the NHL this season...Tampa Bay needs wins in its next three home games to match the franchise record for longest home win streak (10-straight home wins Feb. 9-27, 2019)...The Bolts have secured points in nine-straight home games (8-0-1), tied for the third-longest stretch of home games with a point in franchise history (longest: 13-straight home games with a point Jan. 3-March 12, 2004)...Tampa Bay enters tonight's contest on a four-game overall win streak, the second longest of the season for the Bolts (longest: 10-straight wins Dec. 23-Jan. 11)...The Lightning have recorded points in sixstraight games (5-0-1)...Tampa Bay ranks tied for second in the NHL for wins (33), tied for fourth for points (71) and fourth for points percentage (.670)...The Lightning own the top goal differential in the NHL (+45).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 54
Current injuries
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 

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. 

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The Road Ahead
Saturday, February 8 vs. New York Islanders
Monday, February 10 at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, February 11 at Pittsburgh Penguins

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