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Nuts & Bolts: The trip continues in Anaheim

The Bolts and Ducks close out their regular season series on Friday

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

The Lightning go for their second-consecutive victory on Friday night against the Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim. 

Lines from Wednesday's game vs. the Kings. Subject to change.

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

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

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Friday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Ducks are playing their second of two meetings this season and the only meeting at Honda Center...Tampa Bay earned a 6-2 win over Anaheim in the first meeting Nov. 23 at AMALIE Arena, the Bolts scoring four unanswered goals to break open a 2-2 game...From that win, Brayden Point scored a pair of goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36-of-38 shots to earn First Star honors; also, 14 different Lightning players, including Andrei Vasilevskiy (assist), recorded at least one point in the win...Tampa Bay has split the regular season series with Anaheim each of the past three seasons...The Lightning have won two straight overall against the Ducks...The Bolts have won two in a row in Anaheim, four of their last five in Anaheim and are on a nine-game point streak in Anaheim (5-0-4), their last regulation loss coming Dec. 14, 2005 in a 4-2 defeat...Pat Maroon has points in 10-straight regular season games (2-9--11) against the team he made his NHL debut with in 2011-12; Maroon has nine career assists vs. ANA, more than he's put up against any other NHL team...Brayden Point has scored a goal in three-straight games vs. ANA (4-1--5)...Nikita Kucherov has points in four-straight games vs. ANA (2-4--6)...Anaheim is one of four teams Andrei Vasilevskiy has never lost to in regulation for his career, going 3-0-0 with four combined goals allowed.

Friday's Storylines
The Lightning begin their 10th of 15 back-to-back sets this season...The Bolts are 4-4-1 in the first half of a back-to-back...Tampa Bay is a 6-0-0 against Pacific Division teams this season and has won nine in a row over the Pacific dating back to last season...The Bolts' nine-game win streak over the Pacific is tied for their sixth-longest win streak against one division in franchise history...The Lightning are on an 11-game point streak (10-0-1) versus Pacific teams...Tampa Bay is 13-2-1 over its last 16 contests...The Lightning rank second in the NHL for road points (33) and road points percentage (.635) and tied for second for road wins (15)...The Bolts are 7-2-1 in their last 10 road contests...Tampa Bay owns the top goal differential (+39) in the NHL.

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

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The Road Ahead
Saturday, February 1 at San Jose Sharks
Tuesday, February 4 vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Thursday, February 6 at Pittsburgh Penguins

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