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Lightning at Stars: Projected lines, injuries, storylines

Lightning take on Stars in only appearance in Lone Star State this season

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning travel to Dallas for their only only trip to the lone-star state this season. The Lightning lost 2-1 to Buffalo in overtime on Wednesday night at home. Nikita Kucherov missed the game with an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day. 

Lines from Wednesday's game vs. Buffalo. Subject to change.

Forwards
Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Steven Stamkos

Adam Erne - Tyler Johnson - J.T. Miller 

Chris Kunitz - Yanni Gourde - Cory Conacher 

Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman

Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr

Slater Koekkoek - Jake Dotchin

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue 

Thursday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Stars will complete their two-game regular season series tonight as Tampa Bay makes its only visit to Dallas this season...The Bolts earned a 6-1 victory over the Stars in their prior matchup this season on Nov. 16, Tampa Bay's largest margin of victory ever against Dallas...Steven Stamkos matched a career high for single-game points (2-2--4), Nikita Kucherov had a threepoint night (goal, 2 assists) and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27-of-28 stops to cap his 14-game unbeaten in regulation stretch (13-0-1) in that Lightning win...Tampa Bay fell 4-3 in overtime its last visit to Dallas Feb. 18, 2017 despite two goals and three points from Victor Hedman...The Lightning are on a three-game point streak against Dallas, going 2-0-1 over that stretch...The Bolts are 3-1-1 in their last five visits to Dallas...Andrei Vasilevskiy has never lost in regulation to Dallas, going 3-0-1 for his career...Tyler Johnson is on a threegame point streak vs. DAL (1-3--4)...Brayden Point (2-1--3) and Jake Dotchin (1-2--3) have tallied a point in each of three career games vs. DAL...Adam Erne scored two goals in his lone prior meeting vs. DAL to register his only career multi-goal game...Victor Hedman (1.36) and Steven Stamkos (1.7) each own their highest career points per game average vs. DAL...Steven Stamkos has recorded 6-3--9 in his last 3 games vs. DAL (DNP either game in 2016-17 due to injury).

Thurday's Storylines
The Lightning are playing the second half of a back-to-back set tonight, their 10th of 13 back-to-back sets this season...The Bolts are 3- 5-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set...Tampa Bay is in the midst of a stretch where 10 of 11 games will be played at AMALIE Arena, tonight's game the lone road game over that stretch...The Lightning have gone to overtime/a shootout three-straight games...The Bolts are on a five-game point streak, going 4-0-1 over their last five...Tampa Bay has its best record in franchise history through 64 games at 43-17-4 and 90 points, eight points better than the 82 points put up by the 2003-04 team (35-17-7-5) and the 2014-15 team (38-20-6) through 64 games...The Lightning pace the NHL for wins (43), points (90), points percentage (.703), ROW (39),
goals (224), goals per game (3.50) and goal differential (+56) and remain in first place in the Atlantic Division by five points over Toronto with two games in hand and six points over Boston (the Bruins have three games in hand)...The Bolts have led the Atlantic continuously since Oct. 19.  

Injuries 
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 102
Current injuries
Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured Dec. 29) 27 games
Ondrej Palat - Lower body (out 6 to 8 weeks; injured Jan. 20) 18 games
Nikita Kucherov - Upper body (day-to-day) 1 game 
Ryan McDonagh - Upper body (day-to-day) 10 games 

Transactions
Feb 27 -- Recalled F Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse
Feb. 26 -- Acquired D Ryan McDonagh and F J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers in exchange for F Vladislav Namestnikov, F Brett Howden, D Libor Hajek, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2019 second-round draft pick
Feb. 21 -- Claimed F Gabriel Dumont off waivers from Ottawa; assigned Dumont to AHL Syracuse
Feb. 21 -- Re-assigned F Matthew Peca to AHL Syracuse

Road Warriors
 
Tampa Bay has tied the franchise record for road wins in a season (22) set previously in 2006-07 and 2003-04 and can own the record outright with a victory tonight...The Lightning pace the NHL for road games (35), road wins (22), road points (46), road goals (122) and road goal differential (+28)...The Lightning are five points from matching the franchise record for road points in a single season (51) set  in 2003-04 (22-12-4-3)
 

Squashing Rookie Records
Tampa Bay rookie forward Yanni Gourde tallied an assist Feb. 28 vs. BUF, giving him points in five of his last six games (0-6--6) and 12 of his last 14 games (5-11--16)...Gourde finished February with 16 points, the most he's recorded in a single month for his career (previous best: 5-5--10 in Dec. 2017)...Gourde recorded his 49th point of the season Wednesday, the fourth-most points in a single season by a Lightning rookie.
 

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