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Lightning vs. Canadiens: Projected lines; injuries

The Lightning and Habs battle for the final time this season at AMALIE Arena

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning take on the Montreal Canadiens for the final time this season at AMALIE Arena. 


Lines from Saturday's morning skate, and subject to change.


Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Vladislav Namestnikov - Jonathan Drouin

Adam Erne - Yanni Gourde - Joel Vermin 

Gabriel Dumont - Greg McKegg - J.T. Brown


Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Anton Stralman - Luke Witkowski

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr


Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start 


The Lightning and the Canadiens are playing their third of four meetings this season and second of two at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay overcame a 3-1 third period deficit to defeat Montreal 4-3 in overtime at AMALIE Arena in the teams' last matchup (Dec. 28), Tyler Johnson scoring the game-winning goal at 1:36 of the extra session, one of two goals on the night for Johnson...The Canadiens defeated the Lightning 3-1 at the Bell Centre in their first season meeting (Oct. 27), the Habs scoring three goals in the final period after the Bolts held a 1-0 advantage after 40 minutes courtesy of an Alex Killorn goal at 16:08 of the second...Montreal has grabbed at least a point in their last six matchups against Tampa Bay; the Lightning are 1-4-1 versus the Habs over the last two seasons combined...Tampa Bay is 20-16-6 with five ties all-time at home in the regular season against Montreal...The Lightning are 40-38-8 with six ties all-time overall in the regular season versus the Canadiens. 


The Lightning enter tonight's game three points behind Boston but with a game in hand for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference and four points behind Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division...Since Feb. 4, the Lightning are 16-5-3 and own the second-best point percentage in the NHL (.729) over that stretch, trailing only Chicago (.792)...Tampa Bay scored two power-play goals on Monday - the 16th time this season the Bolts have scored multiple power-play goals in a game and the second time in the last two games -- and leads the NHL for power-play goals (60).


2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 244

Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 35 Games

Jason Garrison - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 24) 3 Games

Tyler Johnson - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 9) 10 Games

Nikita Kucherov - Illness (DAY-TO-DAY) 1 Game

Cedric Paquette - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 9) 10 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 59 Games


March 29 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse

March 28 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse

March 24 - Re-assigned D Slater Koekkoek to AHL Syracuse

March 24 - Recalled D Slater Koekkeok from AHL Syracuse


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