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Nuts & Bolts: Tampa Bay goes for another win over Boston

The Lightning defeated the Bruins in a shootout in Boston in October

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning host the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins on Thursday night. 

Tampa Bay will be looking for their second win of the season over their division rivals after defeating the Bruins in Boston back on October 17. Steven Stamkos scored the game-winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Lightning the victory. 

Lines from Tuesday's game. 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 - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Jan Rutta

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Bruins are playing their second of four meetings this season (also: March 3 vs. BOS & March 7 at BOS) and the first of two meetings at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay earned a 4-3 shootout victory in the first meeting Oct. 17 at TD Garden, Steven Stamkos the only player from either team to convert in the shootout (4th round)...The Lightning have won three in a row at home over the Bruins, the last two being decided by one goal...Tampa Bay has won three in a row and five of its last six overall against Boston... Steven Stamkos is on a three-game point streak vs. BOS (3-3--6)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won his last three regular season starts (last 6 including playoffs) vs. BOS...Anthony Cirelli has more regular season goals (4) and game-winning goals (2) vs. BOS than he does against any other NHL team and has scored a goal in four of his last five games vs. BOS...Luke Schenn has more career assists (13) and points (16) vs. BOS than he does against any other NHL team...Yanni Gourde has an assist in two-straight games vs. BOS... Victor Hedman has points (1-2--3) in two-straight games vs. BOS...Erik Cernak scored his only career power-play goal April 6, 2019 at BOS.

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning begin a four-game homestand tonight...Seven of Tampa Bay's next eight games will be played at AMALIE Arena...The Lightning have dropped four of their last five at AMALIE Arena, three of those losses by one goal...The Bolts own the best home power play in the NHL (34.5%) and the second-best power play overall (28.4%) in the League (1st: EDM - 31.6%)...Tampa Bay has scored at least one power-play goal in six of its last seven home games and 11 of 14 home games overall this season...The Bolts ranks second in the NHL for goals per game at 3.59 (1st: COL - 3.70)...Lightning defensemen have combined for 83 points, second most among NHL D corps behind only NYR (86 pts.)...Bolts D-men have scored at least one goal in 17 of 29 games this season and have netted 21 total goals, third among NHL D corps for goals (1st: NYR - 25, 2nd: CAR - 24).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 31
Current injuries: Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 6 Games
Tyler Johnson (Lower-body injury; Week-to-Week) 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, December 14 vs. Washington Capitals
Tuesday, December 17 vs. Ottawa Senators 
Thursday, December 19 vs. Dallas Stars

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