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Lightning vs. Blue Jackets: Projected lines, injuries

The Lightning will retire Martin St. Louis' No. 26 on Friday night before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning will retire Martin St. Louis' No. 26 on Friday night before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. For everything fans need to know about the jersey retirement ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. eastern, click here

PROJECTED LINES

Lines from Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres. Subject to change. There will be no morning skate on Friday, but coach Jon Cooper will speak to the media before the game. 

Forwards

Ondrej Palat  - Vladislav Namestnikov  - Nikita Kucherov

Jonathan Drouin  - Valtteri Filppula  - Brian Boyle

Alex Killorn  - Tyler Johnson  - Matthew Peca

Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette  - Gabriel Dumont

Defensemen

Victor Hedman   - Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison   - Nikita Nesterov

Braydon Coburn  - Andrej Sustr   (with Luke Witkowski  mixing in)

Goaltender

 Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start. 

FRIDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Blue Jackets are playing their third of three meetings this season and second of two at AMALIE Arena...Columbus won both previous matchups, defeating the Lightning 5-3 Nov. 25 at AMALIE Arena and following up four days later with a 5-1 win in Columbus on Nov. 29...The Blue Jackets have outscored the Bolts 10-4 in 2016-17, a season after the Lightning outscored Columbus 11-3 in a three-game sweep...The Lightning have never been swept by Columbus in a three-game season series...Tampa Bay has split its last four home games against Columbus but is 9-3-0 all-time at AMALIE Arena versus the Blue Jackets...The Bolts are 14-9-0 with one tie all-time overall against Columbus. 

LIGHTNING-BLUE JACKETS STORYLINES

Before tonight's game, the Lightning will retire Martin St. Louis's No. 26 in a pregame ceremony and become the first Bolt to have his number retired...St. Louis played 13 seasons with Tampa Bay and owns Lightning franchise records for points (953), assists (588), shorthanded goals (28), game-winning goals (64), power-play points (300), consecutive games played (499) and All-Star Game appearances (6)...Tonight, the Lightning will complete their second set of back-to-back games in a stretch of three-consecutive back-toback sets.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 123

J.T. Brown  - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED JAN. 7) 2 Game

Ryan Callahan  - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED JAN. 7) 2 Game

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

Steven Stamkos  - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 25 Games

TRANSACTIONS

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

Jan. 9 - Re-assigned F Adam Erne to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 9 - Re-assigned F Erik Condra to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 8 - Recalled F Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 8 - Recalled F Erik Condra from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 6 - Recalled D Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 4 - Recalled G Adam Wilcox from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 4 - Re-assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 4 - Re-assigned G Kristers Gudlevskis to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 4 - Re-assigned F Yanni Gourde 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)...The Lightning are currently playing the second set of a stretch of three back-to-back sets in 11 days

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