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Nuts and Bolts: Lightning host Red Wings on Saturday

Tampa Bay closes out a four-game homestand vs. Detroit

by Bryan Burns /

After a shutout loss to Minnesota, the Lightning return to host the Red Wings on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. 

The Bolts offense was kept quiet for most of the night in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Wild, with Devan Dubnyk recording a 25-save shutout. Detroit comes in on the heels of a 3-2 shootout victory over the Rangers that snapped an eight-game winless skid. 

Lines from Saturday's morning skate. Subject to change.

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

Victor Hedman - Mikhail Sergachev
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Braydon Coburn - Jan Rutta

Louis Domingue expected to start

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Red Wings are playing their third of four meetings this season and the second of two at AMALIE Arena...The Bolts and Wings will play twice in six days (also: March 14 at DET)...Tampa Bay has won both previous matchups against Detroit 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 saves on 24 shots 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...Tampa Bay has won 13 regular season games in a row over Detroit dating to Feb. 3, 2016 for the longest win streak against one opponent in franchise history...The Lightning have won 12 regular season games in a row at home over Detroit...Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Bolts are 20-4-0 in the regular season versus the Red Wings...Steven Stamkos is on a three-game goal streak vs. DET (4 goals total) and has points in his last nine games vs. DET (7-5-- 12)...Andrei Vasilevskiy has never lost in his career vs. DET, going 7-0-0 with a 1.61 GAA and .950 save percentage.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning conclude a four-game homestand tonight...Following tonight's game against Detroit, the Bolts will play nine of their final 13 games on the road...Tampa Bay has held first place in the overall NHL standings since their 26th game on Nov. 29 (TBL shared 1st place w/ BUF from 11/30 to 12/2 and has owned sole possession of 1st place since), and since the 82-game schedule was introduced, only three teams have occupied first place from their 26th game or earlier until the end of the season (1998-99 DAL, 2001-02 DET and 2007-08 DET -- all three teams went on to win the Stanley Cup)...The Lightning own a 15-point lead in the NHL standings over secondplace Boston...Tampa Bay's 51 wins are the second most in franchise history (most: 54 wins in 2017-18), and its 106 points are tied for the third most in team history (most: 113 points in 2017-18)...The Bolts' 28 home wins and 58 home points are the third most in franchise history (most: 32 home wins and 65 home points in 2014-15).

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 for more information. 

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The Road Ahead
Monday, March 11 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Thursday, March 14 at Detroit Red Wings
Saturday, March 16 vs. Washington Capitals

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