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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning will try to snap skid against the Preds

Bolts are winless in their last three games heading into Tuesday's matchup in Nashville

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Bolts open December with a matchup versus the Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. 

Tampa Bay is 0-2-1 in their last three games, after dropping both halves of a back-to-back against Washington and Carolina on Friday and Saturday. 

Lines from Monday's practice. Subject to change. 

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Predators are playing their second of two meetings this season and the only meeting at Bridgestone Arena... Nashville defeated Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime in the first meeting Oct. 26 at AMALIE Arena, Ryan Ellis scoring the gamewinner 3:15 into OT...The Lightning have lost four in a row to Nashville, going 0-3-1 over that stretch...The Bolts have lost seven out of eight in Nashville, the lone win coming Jan. 23, 2018 in a 4-3 overtime victory, Yanni Gourde netting the game-winner in the extra frame...Ondrej Palat has points (1-1--2) in two-straight games vs. NSH (DNP either matchup in 2018-19 due to injury)...Brayden Point has three assists in his last two games vs. NSH and is looking for his first career goal vs. the Predators, one of two teams he has yet to score against (also: SJS)...Victor Hedman has points in two-straight games vs. NSH (1-1--2)...Erik Cernak recorded his first career NHL point (assist) Nov. 19, 2018 at NSH...Nikita Kucherov has points in two-straight games vs. NSH (1-1--2)...Andnrei Vasilevskiy is looking for his first career win vs. NSH (only NHL team he's yet to defeat)...Nashville is also one of two NHL teams Curtis McElhinney has yet to defeat (also: SJS).

Tuesday's Storylines 
Tampa Bay is hoping to avoid its first four-game regular season losing skid since dropping four in a row Jan. 3-8, 2017...The Lightning are playing their first of just four road games in the month of December (10 home games in Dec.)...Tampa Bay has gone with an 11 forward/7 defenseman lineup six-straight games...The Lightning have played the fewest games in the NHL (24)...The Bolts own the second-best goal differential (+9) in the Atlantic Division (1st: BOS - +34)...Tampa Bay ranks seventh in the NHL for face-off win percentage (51.5%); if the season ended today, the Bolts' current face-off win percentage would be tied for the best in franchise history (also: 51.5% in 2009-10). 

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 23
Current injuries:
Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 1 Game
Alex Killorn (Lower-body injury; Day-to-Day) 1 Game

They Said It
Tweet from @BBurnsNHL: Cooper said Killorn is questionable for tomorrow���s game at Nashville. #Bolts

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The Road Ahead
Thursday, December 5 vs. Minnesota Wild
Saturday, December 7 vs. San Jose Sharks
Monday, December 9 vs. New York Islanders

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