Nuts & Bolts: Brand new series heading back to New York

Nuts & Bolts: Brand new series heading back to New York

Everything you need to know ahead of the Lightning’s Game 5 matchup against the Rangers on Thursday.

When: Thursday, June 9 – 8 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
TV coverage: ESPN (check local listings)
Radio coverage: 970 WFLA-AM, Lightning Power Play
Where to stream it: ESPN+

Projected Lineup (subject to change)
Forwards
Ondrej PalatSteven StamkosNikita Kucherov
Brandon HagelAnthony CirelliAlex Killorn
Ross Colton – Nick Paul – Corey Perry
Pat MaroonPierre-Edouard BellemareRiley Nash

Defensemen
Victor HedmanJan Rutta
Ryan McDonaghErik Cernak
Mikhail SergachevZach Bogosian

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Brian Elliott

Thursday’s Matchup
The Lightning and the Rangers are playing Game 5 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs…Tampa Bay is 16- 13 all-time in Game 5s and 12-7 in Game 5s under head coach Jon Cooper…The Lightning are 4-8 all-time in road Game 5s…The Bolts are 6-7 in Game 5s when tied 2-2 in a playoff series…Tampa Bay is 7-6 all- time in a playoff series when tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven…The Lightning are looking to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series for the second time in franchise history (also: 2003 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal vs. WSH, trailed 2-0 before winning next four to win the franchise’s first-ever playoff series)…Nikita Kucherov (3-3–6 pts.) paces the Lightning for scoring during the 2022 Eastern Eastern Conference Final with points in three of the four games…Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat (3-2–5 pts.) and Steven Stamkos (3-2–5 pts.) are all tied for the Lightning goal lead in the 2022 Eastern Conference Final, each player having scored in three of the four games.

Thursday’s Storylines
Tampa Bay is searching for its first road win in the 2022 Eastern Conference Final after starting the series with two losses at Madison Square Garden…The Lightning carried a three-game road win streak into the ECF and had won four of six road contests through the first two rounds of the playoffs…Tampa Bay played in its 200 postseason game in franchise history Tuesday and brought its all-time playoff record to 117-83, its. 585 playoff win percentage the best among all NHL franchises…The Lightning own an all-time mark of 58-39 in road playoff contests for the top road playoff win percentage (.598) in the NHL as well…The two -time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning are two wins from advancing to the Cup Final for a third- straight season and becoming the first team to do so since the NY Islanders went to five-consecutive Cup Finals from 1980-84.

Injuries
2021-22 Reg. Season Man Games Lost: 185
2022 Playoff Man Games Lost: 8
Current injuries
Brayden Point (Lower-body injury May 14) 8 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
Lightning Car Flags
Show off your spirit while on the road with Tampa Bay Lightning car flags. Car flags are on sale for $10. Available in store and online at TampaBaySports.com while supplies last.

The Road Ahead
Game 6: Lightning vs. Rangers, Saturday, June 11
Game 7: Lightning at Rangers, Tuesday, June 14 (if necessary)

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