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Nuts & Bolts: Wrapping up the homestand against Montreal

The Lightning conclude a five-game homestand on Thursday with a matchup vs. the Canadiens

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

The Bolts host the Habs on Thursday night in the finale of a season-long five-game homestand. 

Montreal will look to extend its winning streak to three games while the Lightning will look to bounce back following Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.

Projected lineup. Subject to change.

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Blake Coleman - Anthony Cirelli - Alex Killorn
Barclay Goodrow - Tyler Johnson - Yanni Gourde
Pat Maroon - Mitchell Stephens - Cedric Paquette

Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn - Zach Bogosian

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Canadiens are playing the final game of their four-game regular season series...Tampa Bay has won all three previous meetings this season and is looking to sweep Montreal for the second time in franchise history and first time since going 5-0-0 against the Habs in 2014-15...The Lightning defeated Montreal 2-1 in the latest matchup Jan. 2 at Montreal, Nikita Kucherov netting the game-winning goal at 8:28 of the first period and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 38-of-39 shots to lead the Bolts to their fifth-straight win... Tampa Bay was a 5-4 winner in the teams' last meeting at AMALIE Arena Dec. 28, a game that saw Montreal record the first 17 shots on goal, Steven Stamkos record his 800th career NHL point on his game-tying goal in the second period, Alex Killorn net a pair of goals in a three-point night and Victor Hedman tally four assists to tie the Lightning franchise record for single game assists by a defenseman... Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals to overcome a 1-0 deficit in a 3-1 win in Montreal Oct. 15 in the teams' first meeting this season, the Lightning scoring all three goals during a 2:08 span between the end of the first period and start of the second...The Bolts have won eight of their last nine against Montreal and are 11-2-2 versus the Habs since the start of the 2016-17 season...Tampa Bay has won five in a row at home over Montreal and is on a seven-game home point streak versus the Canadiens (60-1)...Ondrej Palat has more career assists vs. MTL (15) than he does against any NHL team...Blake Coleman has more career assists (7) and points (10) vs. MTL than he does against any NHL team and is on a three-game point streak vs. MTL (2-5--7)...Montreal is the only team Kevin Shattenkirk hasn't scored a goal against...Yanni Gourde has more goals vs. MTL (6) than he does against any NHL team...Braydon Coburn scored his only goal of the season Oct. 15 at MTL...Mitchell Stephens scored his first career NHL goal Dec. 28 vs. MTL...Victor Hedman has more career assists (28) and points (34) vs. MTL than he does against any NHL team...Andrei Vasilevskiy has won seven-straight starts vs. MTL and is on a 12-game point streak vs. MTL (10-0-2)...Curtis McElhinney has won three-straight starts against Montreal after starting his career 0-2-1 vs. the Habs.

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the second game of five-straight contests against Atlantic Division opponents...Tampa Bay has lost two straight to Atlantic foes after winning 14 in a row over the Atlantic and setting a franchise record for most consecutive wins against one division over one season or multiple seasons...The Bolts conclude a season-long five-game homestand tonight...The Lightning rank second in the NHL for wins (41) and goals per game (3.47) and third for goal differential (+46), points (87) and regulation wins (33).

2019-20 Man Games Lost: 92
Current injuries:
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 12 Games
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 13 Games
Steven Stamkos (Surgery to repair core muscle injury March 2; Out 6-to-8 Weeks) 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

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Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Victor Hedman Designed T-shirt
Victor Hedman's player designed t-shirt, featuring his dog Harry, is back in stock! $10 of every t-shirt sold will benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Get yours in store and at while supplies last.

The Road Ahead
Saturday, March 7 at Boston Bruins
Sunday, March 8 at Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday, March 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs

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