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Lightning vs. Coyotes: Projected lines; storylines

The Lightning take on the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night at AMALIE Arena

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning return home for a game against the Coyotes before heading back out on the road again for a two critical games against the Bruins and Rangers. 

Lines from Monday's morning skate. Subject to change.

Forwards
J.T. Miller - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Adam Erne

Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Cory Conacher

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Goaltenders
Louis Domingue expected to start

Monday's Matchup
The Lightning and Coyotes will conclude their two-game regular season series tonight...Tampa Bay earned a 4-1 victory in Arizona earlier this season Dec. 14, 2017 behind a 32-of-33 save effort from Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brayden Point's game-winning goal at 12:11 of the opening period...The Bolts are attempting to sweep the season series from the Coyotes for the third time in the last four seasons...Tampa Bay has won five of its last seven games over Arizona...The Lightning are 3-1-1 in their last five home games versus the Coyotes...Tyler Johnson has points in two-straight games vs. ARI (1-2--3)...Ondrej Palat has recorded points in four-straight games vs. ARI (2-3--5)...Victor Hedman has points in two-straight games vs. ARI (1-1--2)...With six goals in six all-time meetings, Nikita Kucherov is averaging a goal a game vs. ARI, his best goals per game average against any NHL team, and has recorded points in two-straight games vs. ARI (2-2--4)...Steven Stamkos has points in five-straight games vs. ARI (2-3--5).

Monday's Storylines
The Lightning can set the franchise record for most points in a season (108 pts. in 2014-15) with one more win over their last seven regular season games...Tampa Bay remains in first place in the Atlantic Division by four points over Boston (the Bruins have two games in hand) and has led the Atlantic continuously since Oct. 19...The Lightning lead the NHL for wins (51), ROW (45), goals (266), goals per game (3.55) and goal differential (+59) and are tied with NSH for most points in the League (106)...Tampa Bay ranks tied for second in the NHL for home wins (27) and home points percentage (.757)...The Bolts are 12-3-1 over their last 16 games.

Injuries
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 119
Current injuries

Ryan Callahan - Upper body (out indefinitely; injured March 20) 2 Games
 

Transactions
March 17 - Recalled G Louis Domingue from AHL Syracuse
March 13 - Re-assigned G
Louis Domingue to AHL Syracuse

Putting up a Palat of points 
Tampa Bay left winger Ondrej Palat scored his first goal since returning from injury (missed 26 games from Jan. 22-March 18) and first since Jan. 18 after scoring the Lightning's lone goal on a power play March 24 at NJD...Palat has tallied points in two-straight games (1- 1--2)...Palat recorded the 250th point of his NHL career with his third-period marker.

Serg-ing Ahead
Lightning rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev tallied his 29th assist of the season March 24 at NJD, giving him six assists (and a goal) over his last eight games...Sergachev's 29 assists are tied with Chris Gratton (1993-94) for third most in a season by a Bolts rookie...Sergachev leads all NHL rookie defensemen for scoring.
 

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