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Lightning vs. Flyers: Projected lines; injuries; storylines

The Lightning host the Flyers at 1 p.m. Saturday in final matchup of season

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning come off Thursday's 5-4 overtime win in Dallas with a matinee matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers at AMALIE Arena. Saturday's game starts an eight-game homestand for the Bolts during March. 

Lines from Wednesday's game vs. Buffalo. Subject to change.

Forwards
Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Steven Stamkos

Cory Conacher- Yanni Gourde - Adam Erne

Chris Kunitz - Tyler Johnson - J.T. Miller

Anthony Cirelli - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman

Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr

Slater Koekkoek - Jake Dotchin

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy or Louis Domingue 

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Flyers will complete their three-game regular season series tonight and play the second of two games at AMALIE Arena...Philadelphia defeated the Bolts 5-3 in their last visit to Tampa Dec. 29 despite goals from Steven Stamkos (PP), Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson (SH)...Tampa Bay defeated the Flyers 5-1 in their last matchup Jan. 25 at Wells Fargo Center, Ryan Callahan supplying a shorthanded tally, former Bolt Vladislav Namestnikov netting a pair of goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopping 36-of-37 shots in the win...The Lightning are 8-2-1 in their last 11 home games against Philly...Dan Girardi has more career assists (29) and points (29) vs. PHI than he does against any other NHL team...Brayden Point has scored a goal in two-straight games vs. PHI and has points in three-straight (2-2--4) vs. PHI...Ryan Callahan has more career goals (19) and points (32) vs. PHI than he does
against any other NHL team...
Nikita Kucherov has five assists in two games this season vs. PHI and is on a three game point streak (1-5--6) vs. PHI.

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning have gone to overtime their last four games -- the first two of those games needing a shootout to determine a winner -- for their longest stretch of consecutive overtime games since playing four-straight in OT March 22-29, 2014...Tampa Bay is on a sixgame point streak, having gone 5-0-1 over its last six...The Lightning remain in the top spot in the NHL standings following their OT win Thursday and have only relinquished first place for six days since Nov. 28, never falling more than one point from the top spot...The Bolts pace the NHL for wins (44), points (92), points percentage (.708), ROW (40), goals (229), goals per game (3.52) and goal differential (+57) and remain in first place in the Atlantic Division by six points over Boston (the Bruins have 3 games in hand) and seven points over Toronto with a game in hand...The Lightning have led the Atlantic continuously since Oct. 19...Tampa Bay has its most points in franchise history through 65 games with 92 points, eight points better than the 84 points put up by the 2003-04 team (37- 17-7-5) and the 2014-15 team (39-20-6) through 65 games.
 

Injuries 
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 106
Current injuries
Peter Budaj - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured Dec. 29) 28 games
Ondrej Palat - Lower body (out 6 to 8 weeks; injured Jan. 20) 19 games
Nikita Kucherov - Upper body (day-to-day) 2 games 
Ryan McDonagh - Upper body (day-to-day) 11 games 

Transactions
March 1 -- Recalled F Anthony Cirelli from AHL Syracuse; re-assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse
Feb 27 -- Recalled F Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse
Feb. 26 -- Acquired D Ryan McDonagh and F J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers in exchange for F Vladislav Namestnikov, F Brett Howden, D Libor Hajek, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2019 second-round draft pick
Feb. 21 -- Claimed F Gabriel Dumont off waivers from Ottawa; assigned Dumont to AHL Syracuse
Feb. 21 -- Re-assigned F Matthew Peca to AHL Syracuse

Road Warriors
Tampa Bay established a franchise record for road wins in a season after picking up road victory No. 23 Thursday in Dallas, eclipsing the mark of 22 road wins set in 2006-07 and 2003-04...The Lightningn pace the NHL for road games (36), road wins (23), road points (48), road goals (126) and road goal differential (+30)...The Bolts are tied with Boston for the second-best road points percentage (.667) in the NHL behind only Nashville (.677)...Tampa Bay's 48 road points are tied for the second most in franchise history and just three points behind the franchise record of 51 set in 2003-04 with five road games left to play...The Lightning are two goals away from matching the franchise record for most road goals in a season (128) set in 2006-07.
 

Smashing Debut for Cirelli 
Lightning rookie Anthony Cirelli made his NHL debut March 1 at DAL and tallied his first career goal and assist...Cirelli joins Slater Koekkoek, Jake Dotchin and Mikhail Sergachev as Lightning players who have netted their first career goal this season...Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Cirelli became one of four Bolts all-time to record two points in their first NHL game, joining Karel Betik (0-2--2 Feb. 15, 1999 at NYI) Paul Mara (1-1--2 April 17, 1999 at FLA) and Cory Conacher (1-1--2 Jan. 19, 2013 vs. WSH).

Stammer Time
Bolts captain Steven Stamkos netted his 25th goal March 1 at DAL, becoming the third Tampa Bay player to reach the 25-goal mark this season, joining Nikita Kucherov (33) and Brayden Point (26)...Stamkos has scored 13 goals in 12 career games vs. Dallas for a 1.08 goals per game average, one of only two active players to average over a goal per game in his career vs. a single opponent (also:WSH's Alex Ovechkin, 1.07 vs. MIN)...Stamkos reached the 25-goal mark for the eighth time in his 10 seasons in the NHL...Stamkos has recorded points in four of his last five games (1-3--4).
 

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