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Nuts & Bolts: Lightning wrap up the trip in Boston

Tampa Bay's six-game road trip ends on Thursday vs. the Bruins

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Bolts have finally reached to the end of their-six game road trip, as they prepare to face the Bruins in Boston on Thursday night.

It's been an up and down trip for the Bolts to this point as the head to Boston with a 2-2-1 record since their Opening Night victory at Amalie Arena. The Lightning looked good in wins over Toronto and Montreal but were displeased with their performance in the three losses. 

Lines from Wednesday's practice. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Bruins are playing their first of four meetings this season and the first of two at TD Garden...Tampa Bay went 31-0 against Boston in 2018-19, sweeping both games at AMALIE Arena (3-2 win Dec. 8 & 5-4 win March 25) and splitting a pair of games at TD Garden (1-4 loss Feb. 28 & 6-3 win April 6)...The Lightning's 6-3 win in Boston in the regular season finale was their 62nd of the season, tying the NHL record for most wins in a season (also: 1995-96 DET)...That victory also ended a four-game regular season losing skid for the Bolts in Boston...The Lightning have just eight regular season wins all-time in Boston in 52 attempts, tied for their worst road win percentage (.154) against any NHL team (also: 2 wins in 13 attempts for .154 road win percentage in Minnesota)..Four of Tampa Bay's eight wins in Boston have come since the 2015-16 season, and the Lightning are 4-5-0 in Boston in the regular season since 2015-16... Ryan McDonagh has tallied an assist in two-straight games vs. BOS (2 assists total)...Anthony Cirelli is on a four-game goal streak vs. BOS (4 goals total) and has scored more regular season goals vs. BOS for his career (4) than he has against any other NHL team...Erik Cernak scored his lone career power-play goal April 6, 2019 at BOS...Nikita Kucherov is on a two-game point streak vs. BOS (2-1--3) and has points in five of his last six games vs. BOS (2-4--6)...Steven Stamkos has points in two-consecutive games vs. BOS (3-2--5).

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season...Tampa Bay is completing a season long-tying sixgame road trip tonight (also: 6-straight games away from AMALIE Arena Jan. 16 to Feb. 1) and are 2-2-1 so far on the trip...Braydon Coburn (goal) and Ryan McDonagh (assist) both recorded points in Tuesday's win at Montreal, giving all six defensemen who've played for the Lightning this season at least one point...Bolts defensemen have combined to register at least one point in all six games so far this season and rank tied for fifth in the NHL for combined defensemen scoring (18 pts.)...Tampa Bay's power play has tallied at least one goal in four of six contests this season and ranks tied for fourth in the NHL for power-play percentage (31.3%)...The Bolts rank last in the NHL for shots per game (25.7) and have given up the third-most shots per game in the League (34.2).

Injuries
2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 9
Current injuries:
Cedric Paquette (Upper Body; Week-to-Week) 6 Games

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The Road Ahead
Saturday, October 19 vs. Colorado Avalanche
Wednesday, October 23 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Saturday, October 26 vs. Nashville Predators

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