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Nuts and Bolts: The last road trip begins in Ottawa

The Bolts open the final road trip of the regular season on Monday night vs. the Senators

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning open a four-game road trip on Monday night vs. the Senators in Ottawa.

Tampa Bay comes in following a 6-3 loss to the Capitals at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. Although having been eliminated from playoff contention, the Senators have played well as of late, collecting wins in three of their last four games headed into Monday's matchup.

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

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

Defensemen
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev
Cameron Gaunce - Jan Rutta

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

Monday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Senators are playing their fourth of four meetings this season and the second of two meetings at Canadian Tire Centre... Tampa Bay has won two of the previous three meetings...The Lightning defeated the Senators 4-3 in overtime in their last trip to Ottawa Nov. 4, Brayden Point netting the game-tying goal on a power play with :27 seconds remaining in regulation and Yanni Gourde scoring :14 seconds into overtime for the game winner in a contest in which the Bolts rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits...Ottawa earned a 6-4 win at AMALIE Arena Nov. 10, the Senators scoring four goals in the third peirod to overcome a 4-2 deficit entering the final frame, Bolts rookie Mathieu Joseph tallying his first career two-goal and three-point game in the loss...The Lightning were 5-1 winners over the Senators in the teams' last meeting March 2 in Tampa, the Bolts picking up their 50th win of the season (in 66 games) in the process...Tampa Bay has won five of its last six games in Ottawa...The Lightning are 17-7-3 overall vs. Ottawa since the start of the 2012-13 season...Victor Hedman is on an eight-game point streak (5-6--11) vs. OTT (DNP: Nov. 4 due to upper-body injury)... Anthony Cirelli is on a three-game assist streak vs. OTT...Alex Killorn has tallied two assists in each of his last two games vs. OTT... Braydon Coburn has recorded multi-point games in each of his last two outings vs. OTT (1-3--4).

Monday's Storylines
The Lightning are beginning their 11th of 11 back-to-back sets this season...The Bolts are 9-0-1 in the first half of a back-to-back set...Tampa Bay's 59 regular season wins are tied for the third most in NHL history...Only two teams all-time in the NHL -- 1995-96 Detroit (62) and 1976-77 Montreal (60) -- have recorded more wins...The Lightning need to win their four remaining regular season games to set the NHL record for most wins in a season...Tampa Bay's 122 points are the sixth most all-time in the NHL and the most since 2005-06 when Detroit registered 124 points...The Lightning's 27 road wins this season are tied for the fifth-most all-time in the NHL...The Bolts can match the League record for most road wins in a season (31 road wins by 2005-06 Detroit) by sweeping its regular season-ending four-game road trip.

Injuries
2018-19 Man Games Lost: 106
Current injuries
Dan Girardi (Lower Body; Out Indefinitely) 10 Games
Anton Stralman (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 10 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Presidents' Trophy Puck
Commemorate the Lightning's 2018-19 season with this Limited Edition Presidents' Trophy Puck. Available now at TampaBaySports.com.

The Road Ahead
Tuesday, April 2 at Montreal Canadiens
Thursday, April 4 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Saturday, Apirl 6 at Boston Bruins

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