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Nuts & Bolts: The trip continues in Toronto

Bolts and Leafs meet for the first time this season

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning and Maple Leafs each come into Thursday's meeting at Scotiabank Arena riding two-game skids. 

Tampa Bay dropped back-to-back games to the Panthers and Hurricanes over the weekend, while Toronto picked up a pair of losses to the Canadiens and Blues. 

Lines from Wednesday's practice. Subject to change.

Steven Stamkos - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Yanni Gourde - Tyler Johnson - Mathieu Joseph
Ondrej Palat - Anthony Cirelli - Alex Killorn
Pat Maroon - Carter Verhaeghe - Luke Witkowski

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

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Maple Leafs are playing their first of four meetings this season and first of two at Scotiabank Arena...Tampa Bay went 3-1-0 against Toronto last season, splitting a pair of games at AMALIE Arena (4-1 win Dec. 13 & 2-4 loss Jan. 17) and sweeping both games in Toronto (6-2 win March 11 & 3-1 win April 4)...Tampa Bay's 3-1 win in Toronto April 4 was the team's 61st of the season, the Lightning becoming just the second team in NHL history to win 61+ games (the Bolts would go on to tie the NHL record for wins with 62 in 2018-19)...Tyler Johnson led the Lightning for goals last season vs. TOR (3)...Alex Killorn has scored a goal in five of his last eight meetings vs. TOR (5 goals total) and has points in six of those eight contests (5-2--7)...Killorn has more career goals vs. TOR (9 goals in 28 games) than he does against any other NHL team...Ryan McDonagh has tallied two assists in each of his last two meetings vs. TOR... Nikita Kucherov is on a five-game point streak vs. TOR (3-3--6)...Victor Hedman is on a four-game point streak vs. TOR (2-3--5)...Mikhail Sergachev has an assist in two-straight games vs. TOR...Andrei Vasilevskiy started all four games against Toronto last season, going 3-1-0, and has more career games (16) and wins (10) vs. TOR than he does against any other team.

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning are in the midst of a season long-tying six-game road trip (also: 6-straight games away from AMALIE Arena from Jan. 16-Feb. 1) and are still searching for their first road victory after dropping their first two road contests (0-1-1)...Tampa Bay set franchise records for road wins (30) and road points (62) in 2018-19...The Bolts' 30 road wins in 2018-19 were the second most all-time in the NHL (most: 31 - 2005-06 DET)...

2019-20 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 6
Current injuries:
Cedric Paquette (Upper Body; Week-to-Week) 3 Games
Brayden Point (Hip Surgery; Out) 3 Games

Tampa Bay Item of the Game 
Women's Hollow Stack Scoop Tee
Check out the all-new collection from '47, including this women's Sideline Lace-up Hoodie. Available in store or at

The Road Ahead
Saturday, October 12 at Ottawa Senators
Tuesday, October 15 at Montreal Canadiens
Thursday, October 17 at Boston Bruins

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