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Lightning to celebrate original 1992-1993 Lightning team in pregame ceremony vs. Blues

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. Saturday night at AMALIE Arena. Before the puck drops, the Lightning will honor the 1992-93 original Lightning team in a pregame ceremony as part of the Lightning's 25th Anniversary season. 

Lines from Thursday's game vs. Pittsburgh. Subject to change 

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz - Gabriel Dumont - Ryan Callahan 

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson

Defense 

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi 

Slater Koekkoek

Goalie

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start 

SATURDAY'S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Blues are playing their first of two matchups this season and their only meeting at AMALIE Arena...The Bolts split two games against the Blues last season, each team winning on home ice...Tampa Bay scored a 5-2 win the last time St. Louis visited AMALIE Arena (12/22/16), the Lightning scoring five-consecutive goals after the Blues opened up a 2-0 lead through the first period, the victory ending a six-game losing skid for the Bolts against the Blues...Steven Stamkos is averaging a point a game against St. Louis, recording 6-4--10 in 10 contests.
 

SATURDAY'S STORYLINES

Tampa Bay has started the season with three-straight home wins for the second year in a row, and dating back to last season, the Lightning are 7-0-1 over their last eight home games...The Lightning record for most consecutive home wins to start a season is five set in 2012-13, 2007-08 and 2002-03...The Bolts rank third in the NHL for goals (18) and fourth for goals per game (4.5)...The Lightning have recorded four or more goals through their first four games of the season for the first time in franchise history, and their 18 goals through the first four games ranks third all-time in team history (most: 20 goals through first four games in 2002-03)...Tampa Bay hasthree players -- Alex Killorn , Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point -- in the top 10 in the NHL for scoring, tied with Chicago for most in the league
 

INJURIES
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 7
Current injuries:
Cedric Paquete - Lower Body (DAY-TO-DAY) 3 Games

TRANSACTIONS
Oct. 2 -- Assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse
Oct. 9 -- Assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse 

KILLING IT 
Tampa Bay left wing Alex Killorn registered single game career highs for points and assists with four helpers Oct. 12 vs. PIT...Killorn's four assists were tied for third-most in a single game in Lightning history and the most since Tyler Johnson put up four helpers Oct. 28, 2014 vs. ARI...Killorn also tied a Tampa Bay franchise record for assists in a period set 19 times previously (last: Jonathan Drouin, 2/27/17 vs. OTT -- 2nd per) with three assists in the second period...Killorn has recorded 1-5--6 over the last two games...Killorn ranks T-3rd in the NHL for assists (6) and T-6th for scoring (7)
 

IN THE NIK OF TIME
Bolts right wing Nikita Kucherov tallied a goal and an assist Oct. 12 vs. PIT to extend his goal and scoring streak to start the season to four games...Kucherov is the first Lightning player in history to record a goal in each of the first four games of a season...At just 24 years old, Kucherov (112 career goals) already ranks seventh among the Lightning's all-time goal scorers after passing Brian Bradley
 

 

 

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