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Nuts and Bolts: Kicking off the road trip with a matchup vs. Buffalo

Tampa Bay begins a four-game road trip on Tuesday against the Sabres

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning and Sabres meet for the first time this season on Tuesday night in Buffalo. 

Tampa Bay comes in having taken four of a possible six points on their recent three-game homestand. The Sabres have also played well as of late, picking up wins in three of their last four outings. 

Lines from Saturday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
J.T. Miller - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Yanni Gourde - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Mathieu Joseph

Danick Martel - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Slater Koekkoek

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue 

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Sabres are playing their first of four meetings (also: Nov. 29 vs. BUF; Jan. 12 @ BUF & Feb. 21 vs. BUF) and the first of two meetings at KeyBank Center...Tampa Bay went 2-1-1 against Buffalo last season...The Bolts blanked the Sabres 2-0 in Buffalo in their first meeting last season (Nov. 28) behind a 34-save shutout performance by Andrei Vasilevskiy...The Sabres earned a 5-3 win in their last matchup with Tampa Bay in Buffalo (Feb. 13), a game in which the Lightning allowed a pair of power-play goals...Buffalo knocked off the Bolts 2-1 in overtime in its first trip to Tampa last season (Feb. 28), Jason Pominville scoring on a power play 1:26 into OT...The Lightning won a 7-5 showdown with the Sabres in the last meeting between the two teams (April 6) behind the only career two goal game from Anthony Cirelli and three assists from Alex Killorn, the Bolts scoring three goals in the third period to erase a 5-4 deficit at the second intermission...Tampa Bay has won six of its last seven games in Buffalo and is 10-2-1 in Buffalo since the start of the 2011-12 season...Tampa Bay is 16-3-2 overall against Buffalo over the last five seasons...Nikita Kucherov is on a ninegame point streak (4-7--11) vs. BUF (DNP: Feb. 28, 2018 vs. BUF due to injury)...Yanni Gourde has points in three-straight games vs. BUF (2-3--5)...Tyler Johnson has more career assists (12) vs. BUF than he does against any other NHL team...J.T. Miller has more career points (5-7--12) vs. BUF than he does against any other NHL team...Andrei Vasilevskiy is 7-1-1 with a .941 save percentage and 1.66 goals-against average all-time vs. BUF and has two career shutouts against the Sabres, one of three teams Vasilevskiy has multiple shutouts against (also: CBJ and TOR).

Tuesday's Storylines
Tampa Bay begins a four-game road trip tonight in Buffalo...The Lightning enter Tuesday in first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference and one point behind Nashville for first place overall in the NHL...The Bolts have not lost consecutive games this season... Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Tampa Bay is 18-8-0, including 4-0-0 this season, in games following a loss...Since the start of the 2017-18 season, the Lightning are 12-2-0 in games following a loss where the opponent scores five or more goals, the Bolts outscoring their opponents a combined 48-26 in such games...Tampa Bay currently leads the NHL for goals per game (3.65) a season after setting a franchise record and scoring more goals in a season (290) in the NHL since Washington tallied 313 in 2009-10...Since the start of the 2017-18 season, the Lightning lead the NHL for goals.

Injuries
2018-19 Man Games Lost: 22
Current injuries
Adam Erne (Upper Body: Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Ondrej Palat (Lower Body; Out 4 Weeks) 8 Games
Anton Stralman (Upper Body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Martin St. Louis HHOF Puck
Commemorate Martin St. Louis' induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame with this special edition puck, available in stores and online at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Thursday, Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh Penguins
Saturday, Nov. 17 at Philadelphia Flyers
Monday, Nov. 19 at Nashville Predators

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