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Nuts & Bolts: Tampa Bay looks to keep momentum going vs. Isles

Bolts are coming in off a blowout win over the Sharks in their last game

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning and Islanders meet for the second time this season on Monday night. 

Tampa Bay fell to the Isles 5-2 on Long Island back on November 1, with Yanni Gourde and Ryan McDonagh scoring for the Lightning. 

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

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

Victor Hedman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Luke Schenn

Curtis McElhinney expected to start

Monday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Islanders are playing their second of three meetings this season (also: Feb. 8 vs. NYI) and the first of two at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay suffered a 5-2 loss to New York in the first meeting at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Nov. 1, Yanni Gourde and Ryan McDonagh scoring the goals for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 21-of-25 shots in defeat...Tampa Bay has won two straight at home over the Islanders...Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Lightning are 6-2-1 at home in the regular season (8-3-1 including playoffs) against the Islanders...Since the start of 2013-14, the Bolts are 11-6-1 overall in the regular season (15-7-1 including playoffs) vs. the Isles...Ondrej Palat (1-5--6) and Steven Stamkos (1-5--6) have each recorded points in five of their last six games vs. NYI...Kevin Shattenkirk has notched points in four of his last five games vs. NYI (1-4--5)...Ryan McDonagh has netted two goals in the last three games vs. NYI and has scored more career goals against the Islanders (7) than he has against any other NHL team... Curtis McElhinney has won his last four appearances against NYI including playoffs and allowed just seven combined goals over those four wins.

Monday's Storylines
The Lightning have scored seven or more goals four times this season, second only to Pittsburgh (5) for most 7+ goal games in the NHL... The Bolts lead the League for goals per game (3.74)...Tampa Bay has scored a power-play goal in six-straight home games (9 PPGs total) and 11 of 13 home games overall this season...The Lightning own the NHL's top ranked home power play (36.5%) and the League's second-ranked power play overall at 30% (1st: EDM - 32.2%)...The Bolts have played the fewest games (27) in the NHL. Tampa Bay begins its fifth of 15 back-to-back sets in 2019-20 tonight...The Lightning are 1-2-1 in the first half of a back-to-back this season.

2019-20 Man Games Lost: 27
Current injuries: Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 4 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

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The Road Ahead
Tuesday, December 10 at Florida Panthers
Thursday, December 12 vs. Boston Bruins
Saturday, December 14 vs. Washington Capitals

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