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Nuts & Bolts: Red-hot Lightning return home to face Edmonton

The Bolts host the Oilers on Thursday in the first meeting between the two clubs since December 2018

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Bolts go for their ninth-straight win on Thursday night agains the Oilers. 

Tampa Bay extended its winning streak to seven with a 2-1 overtime win over the Penguins on Tuesday. Edmonton was also in action on Tuesday, defeating the Blackhawks 5-3 at home.

Lines from Tuesday's game. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Oilers are playing their first of two meetings this season and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay swept the two-game regular season series in 2018-19, winning both games by a combined 11-5...The Lightning defeated the Oilers 5-2 in their last meeting at AMALIE Arena Nov. 6, 2018, Nikita Kucherov scoring a pair of goals in the win while he and Steven Stamkos (1-2--3) each registered three points on the night...The Bolts completed the season sweep Dec. 22, 2018 in Edmonton following a 6-3 win in which Nikita Kucherov registered a career-high five-point night (1-4--5) and Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson each netted two goals...Nikita Kucherov (3-5--8) led the Lightning for scoring last season against Edmonton; Kucherov and Steven Stamkos paced the Bolts for goals vs. the Oilers with three apiece...Tampa Bay has won seven in a row and nine of its last 10 at home over Edmonton...Pat Maroon has scored a goal in two-straight games vs. EDM...Brayden Point has points in three-straight games vs. EDM (1-4--5)...Nikita Kucherov (5-5--10) and Steven Stamkos (3-4--7) each have multiple points in three-straight games vs. EDM.

Thursday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is a perfect 9-0-0 against Pacific Division teams this season...The Lightning have won 12 in a row over the Pacific dating back to last season and are on a 14-game point streak vs. the Pacific (13-0-1)...The Bolts' 12-game win streak against Pacific Division teams is tied for their second longest against one division over one season or multiple seasons in franchise history (longest: active 14game win streak vs. Atlantic)...Tampa Bay enters tonight having won its last eight games, the longest active win streak in the NHL and tied for the third-longest win streak this season in the NHL...The Bolts' current win streak is their second longest of the season (longest: 10-game win streak Dec. 23-Jan.11) and tied for the fourth longest in franchise history...Tampa Bay is the third team in NHL history to post multiple win streaks of at least eight wins in consecutive seasons, joining Montreal (1975-76, 1976-77 & 1977-78) and Edmonton (1983-84 & 1984-85)...Tampa Bay has points in 10-straight games (9-0-1) and is 20-2-1 over its last 23 games...The Bolts are on a nine-game home win streak, the longest active home win streak in the NHL and tied for the longest home win streak overall in the NHL...Tampa Bay's nine-game home win streak is tied for the second longest in franchise history and one win from matching the longest (10-straight home wins Dec. 11, 2014-Jan. 31, 2015).

Injury Report
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 63
Current injuries:
Anthony Cirelli (Lower-Body Injury)
Nikita Kucherov (Lower-Body Injury)
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 3 Games
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 4 Games
Steven Stamkos (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 2 Games

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. 

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The Road Ahead
Saturday, February 15 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Monday, February 17 at Colorado Avalanche
Thursday, February 20 at Vegas Golden Knights

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