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Nuts & Bolts: Quickly back to work in Sunrise

The Lightning travel to face the Panthers on Tuesday in the second half of a back-to-back

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

A day after suffering a lopsided loss to the Islanders at home, the Lightning travel to Sunrise to face the Panthers.

Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal for the Lightning on Monday, as New York pushed the game out of reach with three unanswered goals in the third period. Florida is riding a two-game winning streak after victories over Columbus and San Jose last weekend.

Lines from Monday's game. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Panthers are playing their third of four meetings this season (also: Dec. 23 vs. FLA) and the second of two meetings at BB&T Center...The teams have split two previous meetings this season, each winning on home ice...Tampa Bay downed Florida 5-2 on Opening Night Oct. 3 at AMALIE Arena, the Lightning breaking open a 2-2 tie in the third period with three unanswered goals from Ondrej Palat (PPG), Pat Maroon and Erik Cernak (EN) and Mikhail Sergachev recording his first and only career threepoint night (0-3--3)...The Panthers got their revenge a game later Oct. 5, Mike Hoffman scoring a hat trick (2 PPGs) to pace the Cats...Despite that loss, the Lightning have won three of their last four in Sunrise...Since the start of 2016-17, the Bolts are 10-3-1 overall against Florida...Mathieu Joseph is on a five-game point streak vs. FLA (3-2--5)...Pat Maroon (1-1--2) and Kevin Shattenkirk (1-1--2) each have points in two-straight games vs. FLA...Ondrej Palat has more career goals (8) vs. FLA than he does against any other NHL team...Victor Hedman has at least one assist in five-straight games vs. FLA (0-6--6)...Nikita Kucherov has multiple points in four of his last five games vs. FLA (5-6--11)...Steven Stamkos has more career goals (32), assists (32), points (64) and power-play goals (14) vs. FLA than he does against any other NHL team.

Tuesday's Storylines
The Lightning are completing their fifth of 15 back-to-backs sets in 2019-20...The Bolts are 2-1-1 in the second half of a back-to-back... Tampa Bay is tied with Nashville for the fewest games played in the NHL (28)...The Lightning rank second in the League for goals per game (3.64) behind Colorado (3.69)...Tampa Bay defensemen have combined for 82 points, tied for second with Washington among NHL defensive corps for most combined points behind only the NY Rangers (87 pts.).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 29
Current injuries: Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 5 Games
Tyler Johnson (Lower-body injury; Week-to-Week) 1 Game

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The Road Ahead
Thursday, December 12 vs. Boston Bruins
Saturday, December 14 vs. Washington Capitals
Tuesday, December 17 vs. Ottawa Senators

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