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Lightning at Predators: Projected lines; injuries

The Lightning look to close out a perfect five-game roadtrip with a win in Nashville

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning seek their fifth win in as many games when they take on PK Subban and the Nashville Predators tonight in Nashville. 

Projected Lines

Lines are from Monday's morning skate. Subject to change

Forwards

Ondrej Palat  - Vladislav Namestnikov  - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn  - Tyler Johnson  - Brayden Point

Jonathan Drouin  - Valtteri Filppula  - Ryan Callahan

Brian BoyleCedric Paquette  - J.T. Brown  (with Erik Condra mixing in)

Defensemen

Victor Hedman  - Andrej Sustr

Nikita Nesterov  - Jason Garrison

Slater KoekkoekBraydon Coburn

Goalie

Ben Bishop

TONIGHT'S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Predators are playing their first of two meetings this season...Tampa Bay went 1-0-1 against Nashville last season, falling 5-4 in a shootout (Oct. 20) in Nashville before defeating the Predators 4-3 (Feb. 12) in overtime at home...Tampa Bay has lost four of its last five games to Nashville, going 1-2-2...The Lightning have lost five straight in Nashville, going 0-3-2 over that stretch, and haven't won at Bridgestone Arena since a 2-1 overtime victory Feb. 7, 2008...The Bolts are 5-5-2 all-time in Nashville...The Lightning are 10-8-2 with two ties all-time overall vs. the Predators.

TONIGHT'S STORYLINES
With a victory in Nashville, the Lightning can sweep a five-game road trip for the first time in franchise history (Bolts swept a four-game road trip for the first time last season from Feb. 26-March 3)...Tampa Bay has outscored opponents 15-4 on its current road trip...The Lightning's four-game road win streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season...The Bolts have won seven road games this season, tied with Boston for most in the NHL, and their .636 road points percentage is tied with Boston for second-best in the league behind only Washington (.667) ...With another power-play goal on Saturday, the Lightning have scored a NHL-best 19 power-play goals...The Bolts' power play (26.4%) ranks second in the league...The Lightning boast two players in the top five for scoring in the NHL
with Nikita Kucherov (9-13--22) ranked tied for first and the injured Steven Stamkos (9-11--20) ranked tied for fifth.

INJURIES
2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 24
Current injuries
Brian Boyle - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED NOV. 19) 1 Game
Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 2 Games
Anton Stralman - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED NOV. 12) 4 Games

TRANSACTIONS
Nov. 14 - Recalled D Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse
Nov. 8 - Re-assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse

GETTING DEFENSIVE
Tampa Bay ranks ninth in the NHL for goals-against per game at 2.37 and have given up one goal or less in three of their last four games...Since Jon Cooper took over as head coach midway through the 2012-13 season, the Lightning have seen their team GAA drop each season.

LIGHTNING GAA BY YEAR (NHL RANK)
2011-12: 3.39 (30th)
2012-13: 3.06 (26th)
2013-14: 2.55 (11th)
2014-15: 2.51 (12th)
2015-16: 2.41 (5th)

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