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Nuts & Bolts: Road-heavy schedule begins on Tuesday vs. Rangers

The Lightning play the first half of a back-to-back on Tuesday night in Manhattan

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning begin a stretch of five-straight games away from Amalie Arena on Tuesday night when they face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. 

The trip begins with a back-to-back vs. the Rangers and Devils on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, following Friday's game vs. the Islanders, Tampa Bay departs for Sweden where they'll play a pair of games against the Sabres in Stockholm. 

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

Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Carter Verhaeghe - Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson - Steven Stamkos - Mathieu Joseph
Alex Killorn - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde
Pat Maroon - Luke Witkowski

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Braydon Coburn
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Jan Rutta

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Rangers are playing their first of three meetings this season (also: Nov. 14 vs. NYR & March 28 vs. NYR) and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden...Tampa Bay swept the three-game series from New York last season, the fourth time in franchise history sweeping the Rangers (also: 3-0-0 in 2014-15, 4-0-0 in 2010-11 and 5-0-0 in 1996-97)...Last season, the Lightning won 6-3 at AMALIE Arena Dec. 10 before knocking off the Rangers 3-2 Feb. 2 and 4-3 in OT Feb. 28 at MSG...Tampa Bay has won four in a row at MSG and seven of its last nine there...Overall, the Lightning are on a five-game win streak and an eight-game point streak versus the Rangers (6-0-2)...The Bolts have scored three or more goals in each game during their current five-game win streak vs. New York (25 goals total)...Victor Hedman is on a four-game point streak vs. NYR (1-6--7) and scored the overtime game-winner in Tampa Bay's last meeting with New York Feb. 28...Brayden Point has points in three-straight games vs. NYR (2-3--5)... Anthony Cirelli recorded his second career two-goal game Dec. 10 vs. NYR and has three goals and six points in five career games vs. NYR... Erik Cernak scored his first career NHL goal last season Feb. 2 at NYR...Nikita Kucherov tallied three assists his last game vs. NYR Feb. 28 and is on a three-game assist streak vs. NYR (5 assists total)...Steven Stamkos recorded his ninth career hat trick, passing Martin St. Louis for most all-time in franchise history, last season Dec. 10 vs. NYR and has points in three-straight games against the Rangers (4-2--6)...Andrei Vasilevskiy is 2-0-1 over his last three starts vs. NYR (8 total goals allowed).

Tuesday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is playing the first half of a back-to-back set, its second of 15 back-to-backs this season...The Lightning are 0-1-0 in the first half of a back-to-back set this season...The Bolts finished 2018-19 with a 10-0-1 record in the first half of a back-to-back set...The Lightning are playing the first game in a stretch of three games in four nights...The Bolts are beginning a stretch where their next three games are against Metropolitan Division opponents...Tampa Bay's road power play ranks seventh in the NHL having scored four goals in 16 opportunities (25%).

Injuries
2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 11
Current injuries: None

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The Road Ahead
Wednesday, October 30 at New Jersey Devils
Friday, November 1 at New York Islanders
Friday, November 8 at Buffalo Sabres in Stockholm, Sweden

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