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Nuts and Bolts: Lightning face another matchup vs. Detroit

The Bolts and Wings meet on Thursday night for the second time in less than a week

by Bryan Burns /

The Bolts go for a sweep of the regular season series vs. the Red Wings on Thursday night in Detroit. Tampa Bay is a perfect 3-0-0 vs. their Atlantic Division rivals, including a 3-2 victory over Detroit at Amalie Arena last Saturday night. 

On the injury front, Anton Stralman was a participant at Wednesday's practice after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury. 

Lines from Wednesday's practice. Subject to change. 

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

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

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Loius Domingue

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Red Wings are playing the final meeting of their four-game regular season series and their second of two meetings at Little Caesars Arena...The Bolts and Red Wings are playing for the second time in six days...Tampa Bay has won all three previous meetings this season and is attempting to sweep Detroit for the third-consecutive season (TBL has swept 11 teams this season)...The Lightning defeated the Red Wings 3-1 Oct. 18 at AMALIE Arena, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn providing the goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 29-of-30 shots in the win...Tampa Bay downed the Red Wings 6-5 in a shootout Dec. 4 in Detroit, Nikita Kucherov notching the game-deciding goal in the third round of the three-round shootout and Edward Pasquale making 19-of-24 saves to win his NHL debut...In that win, the Lightning rallied from deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3 while Mathieu Joseph scored two goals, added an assist and was +4...The Bolts were 3-2 winners over Detroit March 9 at AMALIE Arena, Nikita Kucherov netting two goals, including the game-winner at 13:53 of the third period, to reach 110 points and set a TBL franchise record for most points in a season...Tampa Bay has won 14-consecutive regular season games over Detroit, a franchise record for the longest win streak against a single team and a NHL record for longest regular-season win streak against the Red Wings franchise...The Bolts have won five in a row in the regular season in Detroit...Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Tampa Bay is 21-4-0 against the Red Wings...Andrei Vasilevskiy has never lost in his career vs. DET, going 7-0-0 with a 1.61 GAA and .950 save percentage...Mikhail Sergachev has recorded an assist in all three games vs. DET this season.

Thursday's Matchup
Tampa Bay is one win from matching its franchise record for most wins in a season (54) set in 2017-18...The Lightning are three points from tying the team record for most points in a season (113) set in 2017-18...Tampa Bay became the first NHL team to 110 points on the season and became the seventh NHL team all-time to require 70 or fewer games to reach the 110-point mark, joining 1976-77 MTL (67 GP), 1970-71 BOS (69 GP), 1975-76 MTL (69 GP), 1977-78 MTL (69 GP), 1995-96 DET (69 GP) and 1971-72 BOS (70 GP)...The Lightning lead the NHL for goals (266) after pacing the League last season (290) and can become the 17th team in NHL history to lead the League for goals in consecutive seasons and the first to do so since Pittsburgh in 2011-12 (273) and 2012-13 (162)...The Bolts pace the NHL for road wins (24), road points (50), road points percentage (.758), road goals (122) and road goal differential (+28)...Tampa Bay has won seven of its last eight road games...The Lightning need one road win to match the franchise record for road wins in a season (25 in 2017-18) and three points to equal the team record for road points in a season (53 in 2017-18).

2018-19 Man Games Lost: 90
Current injuries
Dan Girardi (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 2 Games
Anton Stralman (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 2 Games

They Said It
Tweet from @CaleyChelios: Cooper on what he liked about last two wins vs DET and TOR, ���We controlled the tempo of the game. We didn���t give them much.���

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning ADIZERO St. Patrick's Jersey
The Lightning will warm-up in their ADIZERO St. Patrick's Jerseys prior to Saturday's game versus the Capitals. Check out all the green gear in store and online at

The Road Ahead
Saturday, March 16 vs. Washington Capitals
Monday, March 18 vs. Arizona Coyotes
Wednesday, March 20 at Washington Capitals

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