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Nuts & Bolts: Tampa Bay aims to keep momentum going vs. Caps

Bolts have won three-straight heading into Saturday's game against Washington

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning have strung together two of their best performances of the season in their pair of wins this week. Tampa Bay was dominatant in a 2-1 win over the Panthers on Tuesday and backed that up with a 3-2 victory over Boston on Thursday. 

Washington is also playing well, having won eight of their last nine games. 

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

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

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Capitals are playing their second of three meetings this season (also: Dec. 21 at WSH) and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Washington earned a 4-3 overtime win in the first matchup Nov. 29 at Capital One Arena; the Lightning owned 2-0 and 3-1 leads before the Capitals rallied, Dmitry Orlov netting the game-winner 3:03 into overtime...The Bolts have gotten points in four of their last five games against Washington, going 3-1-1...The Lightning have won two of their last three and three of their last five in the regular season at home vs. the Caps...Nikita Kucherov is on an 11-game regular season point streak vs. WSH (9-8--17); Kucherov has scored seven career power-play goals vs. WSH, tied for the most he's netted against one team (also: 7 PPGs vs. DET)...Alex Killorn has scored four goals in his last four games vs. WSH, including his only career hat trick March 16 vs. WSH...Ryan McDonagh has more career assists (19) and points (21) vs. WSH than he does against any other NHL team...Mikhail Sergachev has points in two-straight games vs. WSH (1-2--3).

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning and the Capitals are playing twice in an eight-day span...Tampa Bay has netted at least one power-play goal in seven of its last eight home games and 12 of 15 home games total this season...The Lightning lead the NHL for home power-play percentage (36.2%) and rank second for overall power play (29.6%)...The Bolts ranks second in the League for goals per game at 3.57 (WSH is 3rd at 3.55).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 33
Current injuries:
Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 7 Games
Tyler Johnson (Lower-body injury; Week-to-Week) 3 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
Tuesday, December 17 vs. Ottawa Senators 
Thursday, December 19 vs. Dallas Stars
Saturday, December 21 at Washington Capitals

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