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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning return home to face the Rangers

The Bolts host the Rangers on Thursday in their first game at home since October 26

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning have finally returned from their trip to Sweden, as they open a two-game homestand on Thursday night vs. the Rangers. 

Thursday's game marks the beginning of a welcome extended stay at home for the Bolts. Tampa Bay closes out November with six of their next nine games at Amalie Arena. 

Lines from Wednesday's practice. Subject to change. 

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Rangers are playing their second of three meetings this season (also: March 28 vs. NYR) and the first of two at AMALIE Arena...New York earned a 4-1 victory in the first meeting Oct. 29 at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers scoring four consecutive goals, including three in the third period, after Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the first on Nikita Kucherov's game-opening marker...That loss ended a five-game win streak and eight-game point streak for the Lightning against the Rangers...Since the start of the 2017-18 season, the Bolts are 5-1-1 versus the Rangers...Tampa Bay is on a four-game home point streak against the Rangers (20-2)... Victor Hedman has recorded points in four of his last five games against NYR (1-6--7)...Brayden Point (2-4--6), Nikita Kucherov (1-5--6) and Steven Stamkos (4-3--7) all have points in four-consecutive games vs. NYR.

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning begin a stretch where 16 of their next 22 games will be played at AMALIE Arena...The Bolts have played just five home games this season (and only four at AMALIE Arena), tied for the fewest home games in the NHL currently with Minnesota...The Lightning have played only 15 games overall, fewest in the League...Tampa Bay has won two straight entering tonight's contest and is searching for its first three-game win streak of the season and first since winning seven in a row March 9-21, 2019.

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

Military Appreciation Night
The Lightning will host their annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by USAA, this Thursday night when the team takes on the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. at AMALIE Arena. The game will feature military-themed elements throughout, including on Ford Thunder Alley prior to puck drop. Through the Lightning's Seats for Service program, more than 2,000 service men and women from MacDill Air Force Base will attend the game at no charge.

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
ADIZERO Camo Warm-Up Jersey
Celebrate tonight's Military Appreciation Game with the new ADIZERO Camo Warm-up Jersey. Available now in store and at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Saturday, November 16 vs. Winnipeg Jets
Tuesday, November 19 at St. Louis Blues
Thursday, November 21 at Chicago Blackhawks

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