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Nuts and Bolts: Wrapping up the season series vs. the Panthers

The Bolts can sweep all four regular season meetings vs. their in-state rival with a win on Saturday night

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning look to finish off a regular season sweep of the Panthers on Sunday evening.

Two of the first three matchups between the two teams have been decided in overtime or a shootout. The Bolts downed the Cats in a shootout on opening night and then picked up a 5-4 overtime win back in December. 

Lines from Saturday's game. Subject to change.

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

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Louis Domingue

Sunday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Panthers will complete their four-game regular season series tonight and are playing the second of two meetings at BB&T Center...Tampa Bay has won all three previous meetings this season, two of those wins coming in overtime/a shootout...The Lightning opened the regular season with a 2-1 shootout win at AMALIE Arena over the Panthers Oct. 6, Anthony Cirelli scoring a shorthanded goal to tie the game in the third period while J.T. Miller and Nikita Kucherov each converted their shootout attempts...Tampa Bay defeated Florida 7-3 at AMALIE Arena Nov. 21 behind a four-point night from Steven Stamkos (goal, 3 assists) and three-point games by J.T. Miller (3 assists), Ryan McDonagh (goal, 2 assists) and Nikita Kucherov (goal, 2 assists)...The Bolts downed the Cats 5-4 in overtime in the teams' last matchup Dec. 1, Tampa Bay rallying from three goals down and Brayden Point netting the game-winner on a power play 3:12 into overtime...Tampa Bay has won five in a row and seven of its last eight contests over Florida...The Lightning are 8-2-1 against the Panthers since the start of the 2016-17 season...Nikita Kucherov has recorded points in eight of his last nine games vs. FLA (7-7--14)...Ondrej Palat has scored more regular season goals (7) vs. FLA than he has against any other NHL team...Yanni Gourde has more regular season points (8) vs. FLA than he has against any other NHL team...Steven Stamkos has put up 30 goals, 31 assists and 61 points in 49 career games vs. FLA, all career highs against a single team...Louis Domingue has won three-straight starts vs. FLA.

Sunday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the second half of a back-to-back set tonight, their seventh of 11 back-to-back sets this season...The Bolts are 4-2-0 in the second half of a back-to-back set...Tampa Bay won its 40th game of the season Saturday to record its sixth- consecutive 40 win season and 10th 40 win season in franchise history...The Lightning needed only 55 games to reach 40 wins, tied for the fourth-fastest team in NHL history to hit 40 behind only 2015-16 WSH (53 GP), 2007-08 DET (54 GP) and 1995-96 DET (54 GP)...The Bolts have recorded 84 points through 55 games, their most points through the first 55 games of a season in franchise history, bettering the previous mark of 79 points in 2017-18...Tampa Bay continues to lead the NHL standings, a position it has held solely since Dec. 2, and owns a 10-point lead over second-place Calgary and a 13-point lead over Toronto for first in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division...The Lightning lead the league for goals per game (3.78) and rank sixth for goals allowed per game (2.78)...Tampa Bay owns the top power play in the NHL (28.6%) and the second-best penalty kill at 84.7% (1st: ARI - 85.1%)...If the season ended today, the Bolts power play would rank eighth all-time in NHL history (1st: MTL - 31.9% in 1977-78).

2018-19 Man Games Lost: 80

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The Road Ahead
Tuesday, February 12 vs. Calgary Flames
Thursday, February 14 vs. Dallas Stars
Saturday, February 16 vs. Montreal Canadiens

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