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Nuts and Bolts: A challenge awaits the Lightning in Columbus

The Bolts will look to recover from a 2-0 deficit as the series shifts to Columbus for Game 3

by Bryan Burns /

The Lighting and Blue Jackets meet in Game 3 of their First Round series on Sunday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Tampa Bay dropped both of the first two games at Amalie Arena earlier this week but have played well on the road in the postseason in recent years. The Botls head into Sunday's matchup having won five of their last six road games in the playoffs.

Lines from Saturday's practice. Subject to change.

Mathieu Joseph - Steven Stamkos - Yanni Gourde
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - J.T. Miller
Adam Erne - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi
Braydon Coburn - Jan Rutta

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue

Sunday's Matchup
The Lightning are searching for their first victory in the best-of-seven First Round series against Columbus tonight at NationwideArena...Tampa Bay is 3-1 in Game 3s when down 0-2 in a series...The Lightning are 1-3 in playoff series all-time when falling into an 0-2 hole, their only series victory coming in the 2003 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when they reeled off four-straight wins against theWashington Capitals after losing the opening two games at home...Mikhail Sergachev has recorded a point in every game of hiscareer vs. CBJ (3-9--12 in 8 career games) and scored his first career NHL goals against the Blue Jackets, netting two on Oct. 19, 2017at Columbus...J.T. Miller has tallied a point in three of his four games vs. CBJ this season (1-4--5)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has morecareer shutouts (3) vs. Columbus than he does against any other NHL team (Vasilevskiy is still looking for his first career playoffshutout).

Sunday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is 14-9 all-time in Games 3s...The Lightning are 8-5 all-time in Game 3s on the road, having won two-straight and three oftheir last four road Game 3s...The Bolts are 6-5 in Game 3s under head coach Jon Cooper...Tampa Bay owns an all-time playoffrecord of 73-62, including a 37-28 record in road playoff games...The Bolts have won five of their last six and 10 of their last 14 roadplayoff games...The Lightning are 36-29 in the postseason under head coach Jon Cooper...The Bolts enter Game 3 with 1,248combined games of playoff experience on the roster; Dan Girardi has the most playoff experience (141 games) overall on the Lightningwhile Victor Hedman has played in the most playoff games (84) with Tampa Bay...The Lightning won the first Presidents' Trophy infranchise history in 2018-19, requiring the second-fewest games all-time in the NHL to clinch the trophy (73 games), and finished as thetop team in the Eastern Conference (and Atlantic Division) for the second-consecutive season...Tampa Bay's 62 regular season winswere tied with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most in NHL history...The Lightning's 128 regular season points were the fourthmost all-time in the League...The Bolts finished the regular season with the NHL's top power play at 28.2% (10th best all-time in Leaguehistory) and best penalty kill at 85.02% to become just the second team in the League since 1977 (when the NHL began tracking thestat) to rank first in both special teams categories, joining 2015-16 Anaheim.

2018-19 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 119
2018-19 Playoff Man Games Lost: 2
Current injuries
Anton Stralman (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 3 Games (2 playoff games)

Game 3 Watch Party
Join us at North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg for the official Lightning Watch Party. The party starts at 6 p.m. with ive music, beer specials, food, giveaways & more!

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Go Bolts Playoff Flag
Gear up for the playoffs with this Go Bolts Playoff Flag. Available exclusively in store and at

The Road Ahead
Game 4 at Columbus Blue Jackets - Turesday, April 16
Game 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Friday, April 19*
Game 6 at Columbus Blue Jackets - Sunday, April 21*
Game 7 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Tuesday, April 23*
*if necessary

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