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Lightning vs. Senators: Projected lines; injuries

Lightning take on Senators in critical Atlantic division matchup

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning take on the Ottawa Senators in a critical Atlantic division matchup Monday night at AMALIE Arena. 

PROJECTED LINES

Subject to change.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat  -- Tyler Johnson  -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn  -- Brayden Point  -- Jonathan Drouin

Adam Erne -- Valtteri Filppula  -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Gabriel Dumont  -- Cedric Paquette  -- J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Victor Hedman  -- Jake Dotchin

Jason Garrison  -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn  -- Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj

LIGHTNING-SENATORS MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Senators are playing their third of four meetings this season and second of two at AMALIE Arena...The teams have split their previous two matchups this season, each team winning on the road...In their last meeting, the Senators defeated the Lightning 5-2 at AMALIE Arena on Feb. 2, the Bolts' last game without a point before going on a season-long seven-game point streak that was stopped Thursday versus Calgary...The Bolts had picked up a point in nine-consecutive home games versus Ottawa, going 70-2, until their home loss to the Sens 25 days ago...Tampa Bay beat Ottawa 4-1 at the Canadian Tire Centre in the fifth game of the season for the Bolts (Oct. 22)...The Lightning went 2-for-4 on the power play in that win with Vladislav Namestnikov and Steven Stamkos each netting power-play goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy picking up his second win against no losses to start the season after making 27-of-28 stops...Namestnikov and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist in that win...Tampa Bay is 21-21-3 with two ties all-time at home versus Ottawa...The Lightning are 11-4-3 since the start of the 2012-13 season against the Senators...The Bolts are 36-46-8 with two ties all-time overall against the Sens.

LIGHTNING-SENATORS STORYLINES

Tonight's game is the start of five-straight games and 10 of 11 against Eastern Conference opponents for Tampa Bay...Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Tampa Bay has played more games (playoffs included) than any other team in the NHL with 267 (second: Chicago - 255)...Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Bolts rank fourth in the league for wins (includes playoffs).

TOTAL WINS SINCE 2014-15

  1. Washington - 155
  2. Chicago - 152
  3. New York Rangers - 151
  4. Tampa Bay - 148
  5. Pittsburgh - 146

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 184

Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 19 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 43 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 26 -  Acquired goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft as well as a conditional pick in 2017 from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop  and a fifth-round selection in 2017

Feb. 25 - Acquired RW Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for RW Jeremy Morin

Feb. 24 - Re-assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse

Feb. 22 - Recalled F Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse

Feb. 19 - Re-assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse

Feb. 18 - Recalled F Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse

Feb. 17 - Recalled F Gabriel Dumont from AHL Syracuse

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov scored a goal Feb. 23 vs. CGY to extend his goal streak to two games...Kucherov has five points over his last two games (2 goals, 3 assists)...Kucherov needs one more goal to tie Ryan Malone for ninth place among the Lightning's all-time goal scorers.

LIGHTNING ALL-TIME GOAL LEADERS

  1. Chris Gratton (482 games played) - 98
  2. Ryan Malone (342 games played) - 92
  3. Nikita Kucherov (264 games played) - 91
  4. Tyler Johnson (300 games played) 87

Kucherov paces the Lightning for scoring (23-31--54) and goals...Kucherov ranks tied for 13th in the NHL for scoring and tied for 19th for goals...Kucherov leads the Lightning for plus-minus (+10), and since the start of the 2014-15 season, Kucherov is +57, ranking tied for fourth in the NHL for plus-minus over that span.

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