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Nuts & Bolts: Opening up the back-to-back in Columbus

Tampa Bay begins a quick two-game trip on Monday vs. the Blue Jackets

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning travel to face the Blue Jackets on Monday in a rematch of last year's First Round playoff series.

Lines from Saturday's game. 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
Curtis McElhinney

Monday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Blue Jackets are playing their first of three meetings this season and first of two at Nationwide Arena...Tampa Bay and Columbus are meeting for the first time since the Blue Jackets swept the Lightning in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Blue Jackets first ever postseason series victory...Tampa Bay has swept the regular season series from Columbus the last two seasons and three of the last four seasons...The Lightning outscored the Blue Jackets 17-4 during the 2018-19 regular season...The Bolts were 5-1 winners in their last regular season trip to Columbus Feb. 18, 2019, Nikita Kucherov scoring twice and figuring in all five goals to record his second career 5-point night...Brayden Point (6-3--9) and Nikita Kucherov (5-4--9) led the Lightning for scoring vs. CBJ during the 2018-19 regular season...Erik Cernak paced the Bolts for scoring (0-3--3) in the playoffs against CBJ...Nikita Kucherov has points in six-straight regular season games vs. CBJ (6-8--14), registering multiple points in the last five...Brayden Point is on a five-game point streak vs. CBJ (7-5--12), putting up multiple points in the last four...Mikhail Sergachev has more career assists (8) and points (10) vs. CBJ than he does against any other NHL team...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won six- straight starts vs. CBJ, allowing seven total goals over those six wins and recording three shutouts.

Monday's Storylines
The Lightning begin their 11th of 15 back-to-back sets this season...The Bolts are 5-4-1 in the first half of a back-to-back...Tampa Bay has won three-straight road contests and are on a five-game road point streak (4-0-1)...The Lightning are on a six-game win streak overall, tied with Boston for the longest active win streak in the NHL...The Bolts enter Columbus on an eight-game point streak (7-0- 1)...Tampa Bay is 18-2-1 over its last 21 contests...The Lightning rank first in the NHL for goal differential (+49), second for wins (35) and third for points (75) and points percentage (.682).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 57
Current injuries
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 1 Game J
an Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 2 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Limited Edition Valentine's Day Puck
Add a Limited Edition Valentine's Day Puck to your Lightning Holiday Puck Collection. Available in store and online at TampaBaySports.com/Valentines.

The Road Ahead
Tuesday, February 11 at Pittsburgh Penguins
Thursday, February 13 vs. Edmonton Oilers
Saturday, February 15 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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