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Nuts & Bolts: Streaking Lightning head to Ottawa

Tampa Bay enters Saturday's matchup vs. the Sens riding a five-game winning streak

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning and Senators meet in Canada's capital on Saturday night.

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change.

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Senators are playing their third of four meetings this season (also: March 31 vs. OTT) and the second of two meetings at Canadian Tire Centre...Tampa Bay and Ottawa have split two previous meetings this season...Former Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov scored two goals in the final 3:03 to break a 2-2 tie and send Ottawa to a 4-2 win in the last meeting at Canadian Tire Centre October 12...Anthony Cirelli scored the game-winning goal 4:41 into overtime in the teams' last meeting a 4-3 Lightning OT win Dec. 17 at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay has emerged victorious in three of its last four trips to Ottawa...The Lightning have won six of their last eight in Ottawa (6-2-0)...Brayden Point (1-1--2) and Pat Maroon (0-2--2) led the Lightning for scoring vs. OTT this season...Luke Schenn has scored more goals vs. OTT (5) than he has against any other NHL team...Victor Hedman has more career goals (10) and power-play goals (3) vs. OTT than he does against any other NHL team...Nikita Kucherov has more career assists (20) and points (30) vs. OTT than he does against any other NHL team...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won three-consecutive starts vs. OTT, giving up six combined goals over those three victories.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the seventh game of eight-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents and the final game of six- consecutive games against Atlantic Division foes...Tampa Bay's five game win streak is its longest of the season and the longest since winning seven-consecutive games March 9-21, 2019...the Bolts' five-game win streak is the second-longest active win streak in the NHL (longest: VAN - 6-straight wins)...The Lightning have won 13-consecutive games against Atlantic Division opponents after starting the season 2-2-0 versus the division...The Bolts' 13-game win streak versus the Atlantic is the longest win streak against another division in a single season in franchise history (2nd longest: 8-0-0 vs. Atlantic from Nov. 21, 2018 to Jan. 12, 2019) and tied for the sixth-longest such streak in a single season in NHL history (longest: PHI - 19-straight wins vs. Patrick Division from March 5 to April 23, 1985)...Tampa Bay is 5-1-1 in its last seven road games...The Lightning are starting their seventh of 15 back-to-back sets tonight...The Bolts are 2-3-1 in the first half of a back-to-back this season.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 44
Current injuries
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 3 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
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The Road Ahead
Sunday, January 5 at Carolina Hurricanes
Tuesday, January 7 vs. Vancouver Canuck
Thursday, January 9 vs. Arizona Coyotes

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