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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning visit Toronto looking to pad lead over Leafs

The Bolts currently sit in second in the Atlantic, 13 points up on third place Toronto

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning wrap up a three-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Lines from Sunday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Blake Coleman - Anthony Cirelli - Alex Killorn
Carter Verhaeghe - Barclay Goodrow - Tyler Johnson
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde

Defensemen
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Luke Schenn - Zach Bogosian

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Maple Leafs are playing their third of four meetings this season and the second of two at Scotiabank Arena...Toronto earned a 4-3 victory in the last meeting February 25 at AMALIE Arena, William Nylander scoring the game-winner on a power play at 14:21 of the second period...From that loss, Kevin Shattenkirk tallied two assists for the Bolts...Tampa Bay was a 7-3 winner in the first matchup of the season Oct. 10 in Toronto, Brayden Point making his season debut and recording two goals and an assist while Nikita Kucherov (2-2--4) and Steven Stamkos (1-3--4) each chipped in four points...Tampa Bay has won three of the last four and six of the last eight against Toronto...Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Lightning are 13-5-1 versus the Maple Leafs...The Bolts have won three in a row in Toronto, outscoring the Leafs a combined 16-6...The Lightning have won six of their last seven and eight of their last 10 in Toronto...Alex Killorn (9) and Blake Coleman (5) each have more career goals vs. TOR than against any other team; Coleman recorded his first career hat trick Jan. 14, 2020 vs. TOR while with NJD...Yanni Gourde (7) and Anthony Cirelli (5) each have more career assists vs. TOR than against any other team; Cirelli had a career high 3 assists in the win Oct. 10, 2019 at TOR...Nikita Kucherov is on a three-game goal streak vs. TOR (4 goals total) and has points in seven-straight games vs. TOR (6-5--11)...Victor Hedman has points in six-straight games vs. TOR (2-5--7)...Kevin Shattenkirk is on a three-game point streak vs. TOR (1-3--4).

Tuesday's Storylines
The Lightning conclude a three-game road trip and a stretch of three games in four days tonight...The Bolts are playing the final game in a stretch of five-straight games versus Atlantic Division opponents...Tampa Bay is on a three-game point streak (2-0-1)...The Lightning rank first in the NHL for goals (242) and goals per game (3.51) and are aiming to finish the regular season as the NHL's goals and goals per game leader for the third-consecutive season...The Bolts rank tied for first in the NHL with Boston for wins (43) and goal differential (+51), tied for second with St. Louis for points (92) and points percentage (.667) and third for road wins (21) and road points (46)...Tampa Bay's magic number to clinch a playoff spot for the third-consecutive season and 12th time overall in team history is 13.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 101
Current injuries:
Victor Hedman (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 1 Game J
an Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 16 Games
Steven Stamkos (Surgery to repair core muscle injury March 2; Out 6-to-8 Weeks) 6 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Pride Night Tees
The Lightning will host its annual Pride Night this Thursday at AMALIE Arena. Gear up for the game with this year's Pride Night Tees and check out the entire Pride Night collection in store and online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Thursday, March 12 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Saturday, March 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings
Sundsay, March 15 vs. New Jersey Devils

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