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Nuts & Bolts: Tampa Bay goes for another win over the Hawks

The Bolts enter Thursday's matchup having won seven-straight games against Chicago

by Bryan Burns /

Recent history has favored the Lightning in their matchups against the Blackhawks. 

Tampa Bay will look to extend a pair of impressive streaks when they face the Blackhawks at the United Center on Thursday. The Lightning enter riding a 15-game regular season point streak that includes a run of seven consecutive victories. 

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

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Steven Stamkos
Carter Verhaeghe - Tyler Johnson - Cory Conacher
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde

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

Curtis McElhinney expected to start

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Blackhawks are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Feb. 27 vs. CHI) and the only meeting at the United Center...The Bolts swept the two-game regular season series from the Hawks last season for the third-consecutive season...The Lightning won 6-3 at Chicago Oct. 21, the Bolts setting a modern NHL record for shots in a single period when they tallied 33 shots in the second en route to 55 shots total, most all-time in Lightning history...The Bolts completed the sweep by scoring four goals in the first period, the first two by Tyler Johnson, in a 4-2 win Nov. 23 at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay has won seven in a row over Chicago and is on a 15-game regular season point streak against the Blackhawks (13-0-2)...The Lightning's last regular season loss to the Blackhawks came during the 2009-10 season, a 4-0 defeat in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2009...Tampa Bay's .591 all-time regular season points percentage versus Chicago is its third highest against any NHL team (1st: LAK - .667; 2nd: CBJ - .661)...The Lightning are on a three-game win streak in Chicago and are on a seven-game regular season point streak in Chicago (5-0-2)...Brayden Point is on a four-game point streak vs. CHI (3-4--7) and has scored three game-winning goals for his career vs. CHI, including both game winners last season and the game-winner in three of the last four meetings, more than he's scored against any other NHL team...Jan Rutta has never played against his former team (Rutta played parts of two seasons with Chicago from 2017 to 2019 until being traded to Tampa Bay Jan. 11, 2019)...Erik Cernak recorded his first career multi-point game (0-2--2) in his only career game vs. CHI (Nov. 23, 2018)... Nikita Kucherov has recorded multiple points in two-straight games vs. CHI (1-4--5)...Andrei Vasilevskiy is 4-0-0 in four career starts vs. CHI, giving up eight total goals and recording one shutout.

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning are searching for their first victory agianst a Western Conference opponent (0-3-1) and are playing the third game of fourstraight games versus the West...The Bolts are playing the third of three-straight games against Central Division opponents...Tampa Bay has played the fewest games in the NHL (18) and is one of only three teams yet to reach the 20-game mark (also: NYR & NYI).

2019-20 Man Games Lost: 17
Current injuries: Nikita Kucherov (Upper body; Day-to-Day)

They Said It
Tweet from @BBurnsNHL: With Kucherov out, Cooper said Cory Conacher will make his season debut. Also said Lightning will go 11F/7D. #Bolts #TBLvsCHI

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Limited Edition Thanksgiving Puck
This special edition Lightning Thanksgiving Puck is the second in our 2019 Holiday Puck Collection. Collect them all in store or online at

The Road Ahead
Saturday, November 23 vs. Anaheim Ducks
Monday, November 25 vs. Buffalo Sabres
Wednesday, November 27 vs. St. Louis Blues

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