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Nuts and Bolts: Closing out the trip in San Jose

The Lightning can complete a sweep of the California road trip with a win on Saturday vs. the Sharks

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning and Sharks meet for the first time this season on Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose. 

Tampa Bay will be going for its third straight win over the Sharks after sweeping the season series from San Jose last year. In the two games, the Bolts outscored the Sharks 10-3. 

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change.

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Alex Killorn
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Adam Erne - Anthony Cirelli - Yanni Gourde
Mathieu Joseph - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Sharks are playing their first of two meetings this season (also: Jan. 19 vs. SJS) and the only meeting at SAP Center...Tampa Bay and San Jose will play twice in a 15-day span...The Lightning swept San Jose last season, scoring five goals in each win...The Bolts earned a 5-1 win their last trip to San Jose Nov. 8, 2017, scoring five-unanswered goals after giving up the opening goal 25 seconds in...From that win, Nikita Kucherov (1-2--3), Steven Stamkos (0-3--3) and former Bolt Vladislav Namestnikov (2-1--3) all recorded three-point games, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32-of-33 saves for his 12th win...The Lightning completed the season sweep with a 5-2 victory Dec. 2, 2017 in Tampa, the Bolts scoring four goals in the third period after entering the final frame tied 1-1...From that win, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov each netted two goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25-of-27 shots for his 17th win...Tampa Bay has won three of its last four games in San Jose after earning just one win and three points from 1997-98 through 2013-14 (1-8-1 over that stretch)...Ryan Callahan is averaging more points per game (.769...7 goals and 3 assists in 13 all-time meetings) vs. SJS than against any other NHL team...Nikita Kucherov is on a three-game point streak vs. SJS (3-3--6) and has goals in two-straight games.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning cap their three-game California road trip tonight in San Jose and are looking to sweep the California road trip for the second-consecutive season and third time in franchise history (also: 1993-94)...Tampa Bay continues to top the NHL standings and now owns a 12-point lead over second-place Toronto and Calgary, its largest lead this season...The Bolts pace the League for wins (32), points (66), ROW (29), points percentage (.805), goals (171), goals per game (4.17), goal differential (+55), power-play percentage (30.5%), road wins (15), road points (32), road goal differential (+19, T-1st) and road points percentage (.800)...The Lightning have won five-straight road contests (tied w/ PIT for longest active road streak in NHL) and picked up points in nine-straight road games (8-0-1).

2018-19 Man Games Lost: 72
J.T. Miller (Upper Body; Week-to-Week) 3 Games

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The Road Ahead
Tuesday, Jan. 8 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Thursday, Jan. 10 vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Saturday, Jan. 12 at Buffalo Sabres

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