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Nuts & Bolts: One more shot at the Isles

The Bolts go for their first win of the season against the Islanders on Saturday night at Amalie Arena

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

After losses of 5-2 and 5-1 earlier this season, the Lightning get one more regular season look at the Islanders on Saturday night in the finale of a three-game homestand. 

Lines from Saturday's morning skate. Subject to change. 

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Luke Schenn

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Islanders are playing the final game of their three-game regular season series and the second of two meetings at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay has lost both previous meetings to New York this season by a combined 10-3 and is looking to avoid being swept by the Islanders for the first time since 2012-13...The Islanders defeated the Lightning 5-2 at Nassau Coliseum in the first meeting Nov. 1, Yanni Gourde (7:49, 2nd) and Ryan McDonagh (18:03, 3rd) netting the goals for the Bolts...The Isles downed the Bolts 5-1 in their last visit to AMALIE Arena Dec. 9, Steven Stamkos (15:35, 2nd) scoring the lone goal for Tampa Bay...The Lightning have never led the Islanders at any point this season...Tampa Bay is 6-3-1 in its last 10 home regular season games against New York...Kevin Shattenkirk has an assist in two-straight games vs. NYI and points in five of his last six games vs. NYI (1-5--6)...Ryan McDonagh has more career goals vs. NYI (7) than he does againat any other NHL team, including goals in two of the last four games... Mitchell Stephens made his NHL debut earlier this season on Dec. 9 against NYI...Steven Stamkos has points in two-straight games vs. NYI (1-1--2) and six of his last seven games vs. NYI (2-5--7).

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the second game of four-straight games against Metropolitan Division teams...Tampa Bay enters tonight's contest on an eight-game home win streak, the second-longest active home win streak in the NHL (longest: 9-straight home wins by Vancouver) and the third-longest win streak in the NHL this season...The Lightning can match the longest home win streak in the League this season with a win tonight (longest: 9-straight home wins Dec. 19-current by VAN and Dec. 12-Jan. 13 by STL)...Tampa Bay's eight-game home win streak is tied for the fourth-longest home win streak in franchise history and two wins from matching the longest (10-straight home wins Dec. 11, 2014-Jan. 31, 2015)...The Lightning have secured points in 10-straight home games (9-0-1) for the third-longest home point streak in franchise history (longest: 13-straight home games with a point Jan. 3-March 12, 2004)...The Bolts have won five in a row overall, tied with Boston for the longest active win streak in the NHL...The Lightning are on a seven-game point streak home and away (6-0-1)...Tampa Bay ranks second in the NHL for wins (34) and third for points (73) and points percentage (.676)...The Bolts own the League's top goal differential (+47).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 55
Current injuries:
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury)
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 1 Game

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 help@parkwhiz.com.

Visit TampaBayLightning.com/parking for more information. 

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Valentine's Day Cards 
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The Road Ahead
Monday, February 10 at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, February 11 at Pittsburgh Penguins
Thursday, February 13 vs. Edmonton Oilers

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