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Nuts & Bolts: Off to Colorado for a must win Game 5

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

When: Friday, June 24 – 8 p.m. ET

Where: Ball Arena – Denver, CO

TV coverage:  ABC (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

Friday’s Matchup

The Lightning and the Avalanche are playing Game 5 of their best-of-seven 2022 Stanley Cup Final…Tampa Bay is 0-2 in Colorado this postseason and 0-3 in 2021-22 regular season and playoffs combined…The Lightning’s last victory at Ball Arena came Feb. 17, 2020, a 4-3 OT win capped by Nikita Kucherov’s takeaway in the defensive zone and subsequent breakaway goal 3: 03 into OT that capped the Bolts’ franchise-record 11-game win streak…Tampa Bay is 17-13 all-time in Game 5s and has won 12 of its last 16 Game 5s…The Lightning are 5-8 all-time in road Game 5s.

Friday’s Storylines

The Lightning face elimination for the third time this postseason and are 2-0 so far in potential elimination games, both coming in the First Round against Toronto, the Bolts rallying from a third-period deficit to defeat the Maple Leafs 4-3 in OT in Game 6 at AMALIE Arena (Brayden Point netted the game- winner at 18: 04 of OT) and finishing off the Leafs with a 2-1 win in Game 7 at Scotiabank Arena (Nick Paul scoring both Lightning goals for his first two career playoff goals)…This marks the fourth occasion the Lightning have trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven playoff series; they’ve come back to win one of those series, falling behind 3-1 to Pittsburgh in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal before rallying to win three straight by a combined 13-4, two of the three victories coming in Pittsburgh.

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Injuries

2021-22 Reg. Season Man Games Lost: 185

2022 Playoff Man Games Lost: 12

Current injuries

None

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game

Stanley Cup Final Program

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The Road Ahead

Game 6: Lightning vs. Avalanche, Sunday, June 26 (if necessary)

Game 7: Lightning at Avalanche, Tuesday, June 28 (if necessary)

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