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Nuts and Bolts: Well rested Lightning set to face Kings

Tampa Bay hosts Los Angeles on Monday night after a three-day break between games

by Bryan Burns /

Both the Bolts and Kings head into Monday's matchup at Amalie Arena riding lengthy streaks.

Tampa Bay pushed their winning streak to eight games after a shootout victory over the Sabres on Thursday night. Los Angeles, meanwhile, has gone winless in their last eight contests, falling 6-1 to the Panthers on Saturday in their most recent action.

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change.

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

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

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue

Monday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Kings are playing their second of two regular season meetings and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay extended its season-long point streak to 16 games following a 6-2 win in its last matchup against Los Angeles Jan. 3 at Staples Center...Six different skaters scored a goal for the Bolts, and Nikita Kucherov registered a four-point night (goal, 3 assists) in that win, Tampa Bay's fifth straight over the Kings...The Lightning are looking to sweep the two-game regular season series from Los Angeles for the third-consecutive season...Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Bolts have outscored the Kings a combined 22-8 in going 5-0- 0...Tampa Bay has won three straight and four of its last five at home over Los Angeles...Victor Hedman has points in four-straight games vs. LAK (1-4--5)...Nikita Kucherov has scored a goal in four-straight games (5 goals total) vs. LAK and is on a five-game point streak against the Kings (5-6--11)...Steven Stamkos has tallied multiple points in three-consecutive games vs. LAK (3-4--7).

Monday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is the first team in NHL history to win 47 of its first 62 games...The Lightning's current eight-game win streak (longest active streak in NHL) is tied for their longest this season (also: 8-straight wins from Nov. 29-Dec. 13), tied for their second longest in franchise history (longest: 9-straight wins Feb. 18-March 5, 2016) and tied for the third longest in the NHL this season (longest: STL -- 11-straight wins from Jan. 23-Feb. 19, 2019)...The Bolts have yet to lose in February, going 10-0-2 for the month...Tampa Bay can record the sixth 100-point season in franchise history with two more points (would be second-straight 100-point season and fourth in the last six seasons)...The Lightning have held first place in the overall NHL standings since their 26th game on Nov. 29 (TBL shared 1st place with 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 Bolts own a 15-point lead in the NHL standings over second- place CGY and a 17-point lead in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division over BOS.

2018-19 Man Games Lost: 85

They Said It
Tweet from @TBLightning: Stamkos: ���Our team has been so successful because of our depth. We have a certain way that we play here... We���ve always relied on our depth. If anyone comes in here, it���s because they���re going to make an immediate impact.��� #LAKvsTBL

Pride Night
The Bolts will host their third annual Pride Night on Monday, February 25 when they host the Kings. In conjunction with the National Hockey League and You Can Play, the Lightning will dedicate the game to celebrate inclusion of everyone in the sport.

For more information on the day's events, click here.

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. 

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Pride Logo Tees
Get your Tampa Bay Lightning Pride Logo Tees in store and at $10 of of every t-shirt sold will benefit local LGBTQ non-profits and be matched by Florida Blue.

The Road Ahead
Wednesday, Feb. 27 at New York Rangers
Thursday, Feb. 28 at Boston Bruins
Saturday, March 2 vs. Ottawa Senators

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