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Nuts & Bolts: One more before the break

The Lightning face the Jets on Friday night in their final game before the bye week and All-Star break

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning and Jets meet for the first time this season on Friday night in Winnipeg. Following the game, Tampa Bay will have nine days off as they head into the bye week and All-Star break. 

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change. 

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Steven Stamkos - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson

Alexander Volkov - Cedric Paquette - Alex Killorn

Yanni Gourde - Mitchell Stephens - Carter Verhaeghe

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Friday's Matchup

The Lightning and the Jets are playing their second of two meetings this season and the only meeting at Bell MTS Place...Winnipegearned a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay in the first meeting Nov. 16 at AMALIE Arena in a game the Lightning never led...Anthony Cirelli, Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos all had a goal and an assist in that loss...The Bolts have lost two in a row in Winnipeg...TheLightning dropped a 5-4 overtime decision in their last trip to Winnipeg Dec. 16, 2018, Mark Scheifele netting the game-winner 4:18 inOT in the Bolts' only loss during their 16-game point streak from Nov. 29-Jan. 3...The Lightning have won four of their last six games inWinnipeg and have gotten a point out of their last five trips to Winnipeg (4-1-1), the Bolts scoring at least four goals in each of thosegames where they collected at least one point...Steven Stamkos has recorded multiple points in three-straight contests vs. WPG (3-3--6)...Nikita Kucherov is on a three-game point streak vs. WPG (1-3--4)...Ondrej Palat has points in five of his last six games vs. WPG(2-5--7)...Brayden Point has points in five of his six career games vs. WPG (3-5--8)...Anthony Cirelli has points in two-straight gamesvs. WPG (1-2--3).

Friday's Storylines

The Lightning are completing their ninth of 15 back-to-back sets...The Bolts are 5-2-1 in the second half of a back-to-back thisseason...Tampa Bay is completing a stretch of 13 games in 21 days tonight, its final game before nine days off for the bye week andAll-Star Weekend...The Lightning are playing the second game in a stretch of three-straight games versus Central Division teams andseven-consecutive games against Western Conference opponents...The Bolts have held their opponents to 25 or fewer shots in five oftheir last six games...The Lightning are looking to end a three-game losing skid to Central Division teams (0-2-1)...Tampa Bay owns thethird-best goal differential (+32) in the NHL...Despite losing their last two road games, the Lightning are 8-3-1 in their last 12 roadcontests.

Injuries

2019-20 Man Games Lost: 54
Current injuries
Pat Maroon (Upper-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 3 Game

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The Road Ahead
Monday, January 27 at Dallas Stars
Wednesday, January 29 at Los Angeles Kings
Friday, January 31 at Anaheim Ducks

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