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Lightning at Panthers: Projected lines, injuries

The Lightning travel to Sunrise to take on the Panthers for the second time in two nights.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning face the Panthers in the second game of the home-and-home series to start the season. Tampa Bay started the season with a 5-3 win at AMALIE Arena on Friday night and look to move to 2-0-0 with a win in Sunrise, Fla. at 7 p.m. Saturday night. 

Lines from Friday's game vs. Florida  

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Ryan Callahan

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Gabriel Dumont/JT Brown 

Defense 

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi 

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr 

Slater Koekkoek - Jake Dotchin

Goalie

Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj 

TONIGHT'S MATCHUP
The Lightning have l\ost four-straight games at the BB&T Center, have been held to two or fewer goals in each contest and have scored just four goals total in the four losses combined...Tampa Bay's last victory at Florida came on April 4, 2015, a 4-0 shutout behind Ben Bishop's 34-save effort...The Lightning are 21-30-7 with four ties all-time at Florida...The Bolts are 53-51-12 with 10 ties all-time overall against the Panthers.
 

TONIGHT'S STORYLINES
The Lightning are playing the second half of a back-to-back set tonight, their first of 12 back-to-backs this season (had 16 back-tobacks last season)...The Bolts won seven-straight second halves of back-to-back sets to end 2016-17 and went 8-4-4 overall in such games...Nikita Kucherov has scored five goals in his last seven games versus Florida, including the game-winning goal in Friday's contest between the two teams...Steven Stamkos has netted more power play goals (13) vs. Florida in his career than any other NHL team (second: Ottawa, 9).
 

INJURIES
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 2
Current injuries:
Michael Bournival - Undisclosed (DAY-TO-DAY) 1 Game
Erik Condra - Back (DAY-TO-DAY) 1 Game

TRANSACTIONS
Oct. 2 -- Assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse
 

MAKING A POINT
Tampa Bay center Brayden Point scored a goal and added two assists Oct. 6 vs. FLA to match his career high for points in a single game set previously on April 9, 2017 vs. BUF (2 goals, assist)...Point currently ranks tied for fourth in the NHL for scoring...Point has accumulated nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) over his last four games dating back to last season...Point recorded the 10th multi-point game of his career on Friday and third in his last four games dating back to last season...Point recorded 18 goals and 22 assists in 2016-17 to rank eighth among NHL rookies for scoring (40 points) and tied for ninth for goals...Point's 18 goals in 2016-17 were the fifth-most all-time by a Lightning rookie in a single season and the most since Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat put up 24 and 23, respectively, in 2013-14.
 

PUTTING UP PALAT OF POINTS
Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat netted a pair of goals Oct. 6 vs FLA, including the first goal of the season for the Bolts, to record the 10th multi-goal game of his career...Palat matched his career high for goals in a game on Friday, a career high he last set Feb. 21, 2017 vs. EDM...Palat has recorded points (6 goals, 16 assists) in 14 of his last 18 games dating back to last season...Since March 23, Palat ranks second in the NHL for regular season scoring.
 

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