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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning vs. Sabres stateside

Tampa Bay swept both games of the Global Series in Stockholm from Buffalo earlier this month

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning and Sabres meet for the third time this season on Monday night at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay collected wins in each fo the first two matchups, with both games played in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series.

Monday's game will also be the Lightning's annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night with special events planned throughout the evening.

Lines from Saturday's game. Subject to change.

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde
Carter Verhaeghe - Tyler Johnson - Cory Conacher

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

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Monday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Sabres are playing their third of four meetings this season (also: Dec. 31 at BUF) and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay won both previous meetings with Buffalo, sweeping a back-to-back set in Stockholm, Sweden as part ofthe NHL Global Series Nov 8-9...The Lightning earned a 3-2 win in the first half of the back-to-back Nov. 8, Yanni Gourde netting the game-winning goal at 7:45 of the third period...Tampa Bay completed the back-to-back sweep Nov. 9 with a 5-3 victory, the Bolts scoring a pair of power-play goals and Yanni Gourde providing the game-winner for the second-straight game at 9:48 of the third, Gourde becoming the first NHL player all-time to score two GWGs in games outside North America...The Lightning have won four in a row at home over Buffalo and are on a seven-game home point streak against the Sabres (6-0-1)...Since the start of the 2014-15season, the Bolts are 10-1-1 at home vs. BUF...Tampa Bay has won five in a row overall against Buffalo...Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Lightning are 21-4-2 overall vs. BUF...Tyler Johnson has more career assists vs. BUF (14) than he has against any other NHL team...Cedric Paquette has 3 assists over his last 2 games vs. BUF...Pat Maroon has points in four-straight games vs. BUF (4-1--5)...Kevin Shattenkirk has points in three-straight games vs. BUF (0-4--4)...Nikita Kucherov has points in five-straight games vs.BUF (4-4--8)...Andrei Vasilevskiy is 6-0-1 over his last seven starts vs. BUF.

Monday's Storyilnes
Tampa Bay has scored 10 power-play goals over its last four home games and owns the NHL's best home power play at 44.8% (2nd:EDM - 36.8%) as well as the League's top overall power play at 33.3% (2nd: EDM - 31.5%)...The Lightning own a plus-13 goal differential in first periods this season, the best goal diffential for any period in the NHL...The Bolts have played the fewest games in the NHL (20) and are tied with Minnesota for the fewest home games in the League (8).

2019-20 Man Games Lost: 19
Current injuries: Steven Stamkos (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game

Hockey Fights Cancer Night
The Lightning will host its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night, presented by Moffitt Cancer Center, on November 25 when the team takes on the Buffalo Sabres at AMALIE Arena (7 p.m., FOX Sports Sun, 970WFLA). The night is dedicated to honoring patients, survivors, caretakers and others involved in the fight against cancer.

Click here for more information.

Guest Chef at Firestick Grill
Executive Chef of Birch & Vine at The Birchwood Chef Lee Aquino will be making sorghum spiced scallop on top of toasted grits with cheddar cheese, candied bacon, popcorn gremolata and scallions at Firestick grill for Monday's game.

Click here for reservations.

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

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Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Hockey Fights Cancer Jersey
The Lightning will wear/wore special edition ADIZERO Hockey Fights Cancer Jerseys in warm-ups tonight. Get yours today in store and online at

The Road Ahead
Wednesday, November 27 vs. St. Louis Blues
Friday, November 29 at Washington Capitals
Saturday, November 30 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

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