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Nuts and Bolts: Lightning look for revenge vs. Sharks on Saturday

The Bolts suffered a 5-2 loss in San Jose when the two teams met earlier this month

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning and Sharks wrap up their regular season series on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. 

San Jose won the first meeting between the two clubs at the SAP Center two weeks ago. The Bolts' 5-2 loss came in the finale of the California road trip and snapped their 16-game point streak.

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change.

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

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Sharks are playing their second of two meetings this season and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...San Jose defeated Tampa Bay 5-2 on Jan. 5 at SAP Center, ending the Bolts' 16-game point streak two games shy of tying their franchise record (18 games from Feb. 5-March 12, 2004)...Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev netted goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28-of-33 shots for the Lightning in defeat...Tampa Bay defeated San Jose 5-2 the last time the two teams met at AMALIE Arena (Dec. 2, 2017), the Lightning scoring four goals in the third period after entering the period tied 1-1, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov each netting two goals...That victory ended a four-game losing streak for the Bolts at home against the Sharks...Ondrej Palat has three assists over his last two games vs. SJS...Ryan Callahan is averaging more points per game vs. SJS (.786) than he is against any other NHL team (7-4--11 in 14 all-time games)...Mikhail Sergachev has recorded a point in two-straight games vs. SJS (1-1--2).

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning have lost two-consecutive games just once this season Nov. 10 vs. OTT (4-6 L) and Nov. 13 at BUF (1-2 L) and are looking to avoid doing so for the second time tonight (haven't lost more than two straight this season)...Despite Thursday's loss, Tampa Bay continues to top the NHL standings, a position it has held continuously since Dec. 2, and owns a nine-point lead over second-place Calgary...The Lightning enjoy a 14-point lead at the top of the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings (2nd: TOR - 60 pts.)...The Bolts are on pace for 126 points, and there have been only four instances in NHL history of a team recording at least 125 points in a season, a feat last achieved by Detroit in 1995-96 (131 pts.)...The Lightning's 74 points through 48 games are their most points through the first 48 games of a season in franchise history, bettering the previous mark of 69 points through the first 48 games of 2017-18...The Bolts pace the NHL for wins (36), points (74), ROW (33), points percentage (.771), goals (190), goals per game (3.96), goal differential (+56), power-play percentage (29%), home wins (19), home points (38, T-1st), home points percentage (.792), home goals (103, T-1st) and home goal differential (+40).

Injuries
2018-19 Man Games Lost: 78
Tyler Johnson (Lower Body; Day-to-Day)

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. 

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The Road Ahead
Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Pittsburgh Penguins
Friday, Feb. 1 at New York Islanders
Saturday, Feb. 2 at New York Rangers

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