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Lightning at Coyotes: Projected lines; injuries

The Lightning take on the Coyotes for the first time this season in Arizona.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning continue their six-game roadtirp with a stop in Arizona to take on the Coyotes in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. 

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are subject to change. Lines from Thurday's game against San Jose. 

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Vladislav Namestnikov - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Joel Vermin 

Brian Boyle - Valtteri Filppula - Jonathan Drouin

Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette - Gabriel Dumont

Defensemen

Nikita Nesterov - Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn - Luke Witkowski

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

THURSDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Coyotes are playing their first of two meetings this season...Tampa Bay has swept Arizona each of the past two seasons and has outscored the Coyotes 15-6 in those four games combined...In the teams' last meeting March 19, 2016 at Gila River Arena, the Lightning won 2-0, and Ben Bishop became the franchise's all-time leader for career shutouts (15) in a 32-save performance...Earlier last season on Feb. 23, 2016, Tampa Bay scored a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes, Cedric Paquette scoring the game-winner with five seconds left in the second period and Andrei Vasilevskiy recording 29-of-30 saves...The Bolts are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against Arizona...The Lightning are 20-14-1 all-time vs. the Coyotes...Tampa Bay is 8-2-0 in its last 10 visits to
Arizona...The Lightning are 11-8-0 all-time in Arizona.

 

LIGHTNING-COYOTES STORYLINES

The Lightning are playing the fourth game of a six-game road trip, the trip tying a season long for days (11) and games (also: Oct. 25- Nov. 1)...Since recording a four-game road win streak from Nov. 14-19, the Bolts have lost 12 of their 14 road games since, going 2-9-3 over that stretch...The Lightning have scored two or less goals in eight-straight road games, their longest such stretch since scoring two or less in nine-consecutive road games from Nov. 12-Dec. 10, 2010...33 different players have suited up for the Lightning this season, tied for second most in the NHL (most: Nashville, 37).

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 142

J.T. Brown - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED JAN. 7) 6 Games

Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED ON JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS ) 6 Games

Victor Hedman - Illness (JAN. 16) 3 Games

Brayden Point - Upper-body injury (OUT 4-6 WEEKS; INJURED DEC. 28) 11 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 30 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 17 - Recalled D Jake Dotchin from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 15 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 14 - Re-assigned F Matthew Peca to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 13 - Recalled F Erik Condra from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 10 - Re-assigned D Slater Koekkoek to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 10 - Re-assigned G Kristers Gudlevskis to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 10 - Recalled F Gabriel Dumont from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 10 - Recalled G Kristers Gudlevskis from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 10 - Re-assigned G Adam Wilcox to AHL Syracuse

HOW YOU DROUIN

Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin scored his team-leading seventh power-play goal Jan. 19 at SJS...Drouin ranks tied for 13th in the NHL for power-play goals...Drouin has recorded points in six of his last seven games (3 goals, 4 assists) and nine of his last 11 games (4 goals, 6 assists)...Drouin ranks third on the Lightning for scoring (14-16--30), second for goals and fourth for assists...Since Dec. 1, Drouin has recorded 11-12--23 in 22 games and is averaging 1.05 points per game, ranking tied for eighth in the NHL for points per game over that span...Since Dec. 1, Drouin ranks tied for second in the NHL for power-play points (5-6--11)...Drouin can match a career high for points in a season (4-28--32 in 2014-15) with two more points.
 

 

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