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Nuts & Bolts: The California Swing begins in LA

The Bolts visit the Kings on Wednesday in the first of three-straight games in the Golden State

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning go for their second win over the Kings this month when the two teams meet in Los Angeles on Wednesday. 

Tampa Bay rallied late in the third to force overtime and went on to claim a 4-3 victory in a shootout on January 14 at Amalie Arena. 

Lines from Monday's game. Subject to change.

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Wednesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Kings are playing their second of two meetings this season and the only meeting at Staples Center...Tampa Bay earned a 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles in the previous meeting Jan. 14 at AMALIE Arena, Steven Stamkos netting the gamedeciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout...The Lightning rallied twice in that win, Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos scoring twice in a 1:19 span of the first period to tie the game 2-2, and Nikita Kucherov forcing overtime with an extra-attacker goal with 1:15 remaining...Also from that win, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 38-of-41 shots and 3-of-4 shootout attempts for his ninth win in a row...Tampa Bay has won seven in a row over Los Angeles, the last two victories coming via a shootout with a 4-3 final score...The Lightning have won three in a row in Los Angeles, outscoring the Kings 13-5 in the process...The Bolts have won 13 times in 20 trips to Los Angeles, their .650 win percentage in Los Angeles the best road win percentage in franchise history against any NHL team...Nikita Kucherov has netted a goal in five of his last six games vs. LAK (6 goals total) and is on a seven-game point streak vs. the Kings (6-7-13)...Steven Stamkos has scored a goal in four of his last five games vs. LAK (4 goals total) and is on a five-game point streak vs. the Kings (4-6--10)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won four-straight starts vs. LAK...Anthony Cirelli has points in two-straight games vs. LAK (1-2--3)...Tyler Johnson has tallied an assist in four of his last five games vs. LAK (4 assists total).

Wednesday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the second game of a four-game road trip and the fifth game in a stretch of eight straight against Western Conference foes...The Bolts begin a stretch of four-straight games versus Pacific Division teams tonight...Tampa Bay is 5-0-0 against Pacific teams this season and has won eight in a row over the Pacific dating back to last season...The Lightning's eight-game win streak against the Pacific is tied for the seventh-longest win streak versus one division in franchise history (longest: current 14-game win streak vs. Atlantic)...The Bolts are on a 10-game point streak versus Pacific teams (9-0-1)...Tampa Bay is 12-2-1 over its last 15 games overall... The Lightning own the best goal differential in the NHL (+37)...The Bolts rank tied for second in the NHL for road wins (14) and road points (31).

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 54
Current injuries: None

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning 500-Piece Puzzle
Wednesday is National Puzzle Day. Celebrate with this 500-piece Lightning puzzle. Available in store and online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Friday, January 31 at Anaheim Ducks
Saturday, February 1 at San Jose Sharks
Tuesday, February 4 vs. Vegas Golden Knights

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