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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning set for matchup vs. Penguins

The Bolts and Penguins meet on Wednesday for the first time this season

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning's homestand continues on Wednesday night with a matchup vs. the Penguins at Amalie Arena.

Tampa Bay will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance in Saturday's 6-2 loss to Colorado. Pittsburgh will be playing in the second half of a back-to-back after facing the Panthers in Sunrise on Tuesday. 

Lines from Tuesday's practice. Subject to change. 

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Wednesday's Matchup

The Lightning and the Penguins are playing their first of three meetings this season and first of two at AMALIE Arena (also: Feb. 6 vs.PIT)... Tampa Bay won two of three meetings against Pittsburgh in 2018-19, downing the Penguins 5-4 at AMALIE Arena (Feb. 9) and splitting a pair of games in Pittsburgh (4-3 win Nov. 15 and 2-4 loss Jan. 30)...The Bolts have won three in a row at AMALIE Arena against Pittsburgh, outscoring the Penguins 17-9 over that stretch, and six of the last seven in the regular season...Pat Maroonrecorded one of his two multi-point games last season against Pittsburgh (1-1--2 on March 16 at PIT)...Alex Killorn is on a six-game assist streak vs. PIT (10 assists total) and has more career assists (16) vs. PIT than he does against any NHL team; also, Killorn's 19 career points vs. PIT are tied for the most against any team (also: 6-13--19 vs. FLA)...Brayden Point recorded his first and only career hat trick Nov. 15, 2018 at PIT, scoring all three goals on the power play in a span of 91 seconds between the first and second periods for the sixth fastest hat trick in NHL history...Kevin Shattenkirk has assists in three of his last four games vs. PIT (4 assists total)...Ryan McDonagh is on a two-game assist streak vs. PIT (2 assists total)...Yanni Gourde scored a goal in two of three games vs. PIT last season...Victor Hedman has an assist in two-straight games vs. PIT (2 assists total)... Erik Cernak scored his second career NHLgoal Feb. 9, 2019 vs. PIT two games and seven days after netting his first Feb. 2 at NYR... Steven Stamkos is on a three-game pointstreak vs. PIT (1-2--3).

Wednesday's Storylines
The Lightning begin a stretch tonight where four of the next five games come against Metropolitan Division opponents...Tampa Bay isplaying just its third home game of the season and is the only team in the NHL to play only two home games entering Wednesday... TheLightning have scored the opening goal in only two of eight contests so far this season but are 2-0-0 when doing so...The Bolts are 3-0-1 when leading after two periods and 0-3-0 when trailing after two...The Lightning have yet to trail entering the second period thisseason (leading 3 times and tied 5 times)...Tampa Bay's penalty kill ranks just 28th in the NHL at 70% but is one of four League teamsyet to surrender an opponent power-play goal at home, going 6-for-6 (also: DET, BOS & SJS).

Injuries
2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 11
Current injuries:
Cedric Paquette (Upper Body; Day-to-Day) 8 Games

They Said It
Tweet from @BBurnsNHL: Paquette got all the work w/ 4th line without Verhaeghe mixing in, so looks like he might be able to make his season debut Wed. vs. Pittsburgh. Cooper said Sunday he was pretty much recovered from upper-body injury that's sidelined him, more now about getting into game shape.

Medal of Honor Recipients Ceremony
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host 46 of the 70 living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor at a pre-game ceremony prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Click here for more info. 

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
Tampa Collection by Julia Gash
Introducing the Tampa Collection by British artist Julia Gash. Now available in store and at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Saturday, October 26 vs. Nashville Predators
Tuesday, October 29 at New York Rangers
Wednesday, October 30 at New Jersey Devils

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