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Lightning at Avalanche: Projected lines, injuries

Tampa Bay completes the second half of a back-to-back in Denver against the Avalanche tonight at 8

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning travel to Denver to take on the Avalanche for their only apperance in the Mile High City this season. Tampa Bay looks to avenge a 4-0 loss to Colorado earlier this season at AMALIE Arena. 

PROJECTED LINES

Lines from Saturday's game in Dallas. Subject to change. 

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov  - Tyler JohnsonNikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn  - Brayden Point  - Jonathan Drouin

Ondrej Palat  - Valtteri Filppula  - Brian Boyle

Gabriel Dumont  - Cedric Paquette  - J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Victor Hedman  - Jake Dotchin

Jason Garrison  - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn  - Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Ben Bishop expected to start 

LIGHTNING - AVALANCHE MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Avalanche are playing their second of two meetings this season...Colorado blanked Tampa Bay 4-0 in the first meeting at AMALIE Arena on Oct. 20 to hand the Bolts their first loss of 2016-17...Matt Duchene netted a pair of goals and Semyon Varlamov stopped all 27 shots in the Avs' victory...The Lightning allowed just 16 shots in that loss, tied for the fewest they've allowed this season...Tampa Bay scored its own 4-0 shutout win in its last visit to the Pepsi Center on Jan. 12, 2016, ending a six-game losing skid in Denver...Ben Bishop made all 21 saves for his 14th career shutout, and Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals in that win...The road team has won the last three meetings in the Bolts-Avs series...The Lightning are 1-4-2 in their last seven games at Colorado and are 4-12-2 with two ties all-time at Colorado...The Bolts have split the two-game season series with the Avalanche each of the last three seasons and are 15-18-4 with three ties all-time overall against Colorado.

TONIGHT'S STORYLINES

The Lightning are playing the second half of a back-to-back set in Colorado and the final game in a stretch of four-straight games on the road...The Bolts have picked up at least a point in five straight road games for the first time this season and first time since pointing in six-consecutive road games from Feb. 20-March 3, 2016 (6-0-0 over that stretch)...Tampa Bay can earn a point in six-consecutive games for the first time since going on a nine-game win streak last season from Feb. 18-March 5, 2016...Tonight's game is the sixth in a stretch of eight-straight games against Western Conference opponents and fourth in a stretch of four-straight games against Central Division foes for the Bolts.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 177
Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS) 16
Games
Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 40 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 18 - Recalled F Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse
Feb. 17 - Recalled F Gabriel Dumont from AHL Syracuse
Feb. 12 - Re-assigned F Gabriel Dumont to AHL Syracuse
Feb. 12 - Re-assigned F Erik Condra to AHL Syracuse

BACK TO BACK

The Lightning have 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, their most back-to-back sets in a season since 16 were on the schedule in 2010-11 (most all-time back-to-back sets: 19 during 1997-98 and 1993-94 seasons)...Tonight, the Lightning are completing the second set of two-consecutive back-to-backs, sandwiched around their bye week...The Bolts had dropped seven straight when playing the second half of a back-to-back until a 4-1 win at Winnipeg (Feb. 11).
 

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