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Nuts & Bolts: The homestand continues against San Jose

The Sharks make their annual visit to Amalie Arena on Saturday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning host the Sharks at Amalie Arena on Saturday. 

The two teams split the season series last year, with the home team winning on both occasions. The Bolts defeated the Sharks 6-3 in the lone game in Tampa last season. 

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Steven Stamkos - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Mathieu Joseph

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

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Sharks are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Feb. 1 at SJS) and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay has won three of its last four meetings against San Jose...The teams split the two-game regular season series in 2018-19, each team winning on home ice...San Jose earned a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay Jan. 5 at the SAP Center, both Lightning goals coming via defensemen (Victor Hedman & Mikhail Sergachev)...The Bolts bounced back with a 6-3 victory over the Sharks Jan. 19 at AMALIE Arena, Steven Stamkos scoring a pair of goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy turning aside 36-of-39 shots...The Lightning have won two-straight at AMALIE Arena over the Sharks -- outscoring San Jose 11-5 in the process -- after losing the previous four to the Sharks at home...Mathieu Joseph has recorded a point in each of his two career games vs. SJS (1-1--2)...Pat Maroon has more career regular season goals (10) and points (17) vs. San Jose than he does against any other NHL team...Ondrej Palat has tallied assists in three-straight games vs. SJS (0-4--4)...Brayden Point (0-4--4), Yanni Gourde (1-3--4) and Kevin Shattenkirk (0-4--4) have each recorded points in three of their last four games vs. SJS...Victor Hedman has a goal in two-straight games vs. SJS (2-1--3)...Nikita Kucherov has put up points in four of his last five games vs. SJS (3-5--8)...Steven Stamkos (2-2--4) and Mikhail Sergachev(1-1--2) each have points in two-straight games vs. SJS (2-2--4).

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning conclude a stretch of three-straight games against Western Conference foes tonight...The Bolts have lost three-straight games at home in the regular season for the first time since March 16-21, 2017 and are looking to avoid their first four-game regular season home losing skid since dropping five in a row at home Dec. 28, 2013-Jan. 8, 2014...The last five games for Tampa Bay have all been decided by one goal, the Bolts going 1-3-1 over that stretch.

Injuries
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 26
Current injuries: Braydon Coburn (Lower-body injury; Out indefinitely) 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
Monday, December 9 vs. New York Islanders
Tuesday, December 10 at Florida Panthers
Thursday, December 12 vs. Boston Bruins

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