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Nuts and Bolts: Back at home for a matchup vs. Boston

The Lightning face the Bruins in the opener of a four-game homestand on Thursday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

After going a perfect 3-0-0 on their most recent road tip, the Bolts retun to Amalie Arena to face the Bruins on Thursday.

The Lightning offense led the way to wins over Florida, New Jersey and Detroit. The Bolts recorded at least five goals in each of the three games. 

Lines from Tuesday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Yanni Gourde

Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - J.T. Miller

Mathieu Joseph - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak

Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Goaltenders
Louis Domingue or Edward Pasquale

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Bruins are playing the first of four meetings this season (also: Feb. 28 at BOS, March 25 vs. BOS and April 6 at BOS) and the first of two at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay went 1-3-0 against Boston during the 2017-18 regular season, prevailing in the final meeting 4-0 in Tampa April 3 behind a 33-save shutout by Andrei Vasilevskiy and two-assist nights from Ryan Callahan and Braydon Coburn...The Lightning defeated the Bruins 4-1 in a Second Round playoff series in 2018, the Bolts winning four-straight games after losing Game 1 6-2 at home...Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Lightning have lost five of their last six home regular season games versus Boston, going 1-3-2 over that stretch...Dan Girardi has an assist in two-straight regular season games vs. BOS and has points in five of his last seven games, including playoffs, vs. BOS (2-3--5)...J.T. Miller tallied a point in the final three games of last season's playoff series vs. BOS (1-2--3)...Brayden Point scored a goal in the final two games and three of the last four games of last season's playoff series vs. BOS...Yanni Gourde recorded a point in the first four games of last season's playoff series vs. BOS (1-3-4)...Victor Hedman is on a seven-game point streak vs. BOS, including playoffs (2-7--9)...Steven Stamkos recorded a point in the final three games of last season's playoff series vs. BOS (2-2--4).

Thursday's Storylines
The Lightning remain in first place in the NHL standings and own a three-point lead over second place Toronto...The Bolts' 43 points through 29 games is their second-most points through the first 29 games of a season all-time (most: 44 points through 29 games in 2017-18)...Tampa Bay has won four games in a row -- tied for its longest win streak of the season (also: 4-0-0 from Nov. 3-8) -- and seven of its last eight games...The Lightning lead the NHL for goals (112) and goals per game (3.86)...Since the start of the 2017-18 season, no NHL team has scored more goals than the Bolts with 402 (2nd: TOR - 372)...Tampa Bay has scored five goals in fourconsecutive games and four or more goals in seven of its last eight games (19 times overall this season)...The Lightning own the fourthbest power play (28.1%) and eighth-best penalty kill (82.2%) in the NHL and are one of three teams in the top eight in the league for both categories (also: WPG - 2nd for PP, 7th for PK and PIT - 8th for PP, 6th for PK)..The Bolts own the best home goal differential in the NHL (+21) and are tied with Toronto for the best overall goal differential in the league (+29).

Injuries
2018-19 Man Games Lost: 54
Current injuries
Anton Stralman (Upper Body; Will be re-evaluated Dec. 5) 13 Games
Andrei Vasilevskiy (Left Foot Fracture; Out 4-6 Weeks) 11 Games

They Said It
Tweet from @TBLightning: Callahan on his line: ���We wanted to try and contribute more [this season] and so far it���s worked. We have so many good lines on this team and when we���re all firing offensively and contributing, we���re a hard team to beat.��� #BOSvsTBL

Parking Info
As our partners at Water Street Tampa continue to develop the 60 contiguous acres in the neighborhood surrounding AMALIE Arena, we ask for your patience and consideration when planning your visit to cheer on the Lightning or enjoy a concert, event or family show. We are pleased to report that the development project is well underway with a hotel and USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine in the midst of construction while we expect to see groundbreakings on several other projects during the 2018-19 season. Roadways are being realigned, traffic patterns are changing and new transportation options are emerging - all with a vision of creating a more user-friendly environment in the blocks surrounding AMALIE Arena.

As you plan your trip downtown, we aim to keep you informed of these new developments, offering you all you need to know about arriving at AMALIE safe and on time for your game or event.

Visit TampaBayLightning.com/parking for more information. 

Holiday Toy Drive on the Plaza
The Tampa Bay Lightning is partnering with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and PODS® Moving & Storage to host two drives at AMALIE Arena for the Toys for Tots Program on Ford Thunder Alley prior to Bolts home games on Saturday, December 8 versus the Colorado Avalanche and on Monday, December 10 against the New York Rangers. This collection will give fans the opportunity to share in the season of giving with the Lightning and bring joy to children in need.

Along with members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and the Bolts Better Halves, the Lightning will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys on Ford Thunder Alley beginning two hours before puck-drop through game time prior to both games. In addition to donation boxes, toys will be collected and stored in an on-site PODS container. PODS is the official moving and storage provider of the Lightning, and has been a national sponsor of the Toys for Tots Program for the last nine years. Fans who donate will be entered for the chance to win the opportunity to watch a Bolts morning skate. The Lightning encourage fans to bring one or more new, unwrapped toys and be entered to win a chance to attend a morning skate.

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning-Bruins Match-up Puck
Commemorate Thursday's match-up between the Lightning and Bruins with this new Limited Edition Collector's Puck, available in arena and online at TampaBaySports.com while supplies last.

The Road Ahead
Saturday, Dec. 8 vs. Colorado Avalanche
Monday, Dec. 10 vs. New York Rangers
Thursday, Dec. 13 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

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