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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 / TampaBayLightning.com

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

PROJECTED LINES

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

Forwards

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

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Anton Stralman - Luke Witkowski

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start 

SATURDAY'S MATCHUP

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. 

LIGHTNING-HABS STORYLINES

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).

INJURIES

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

TRANSACTIONS

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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