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Lightning vs. Wild: Projected lines; injuries

The Bolts continue their playoff push on Thursday night against Minnesota

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning continue their homestand against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at AMALIE Arena.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Thursday's morning skate at AMALIE Arena, and subject to change.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Adam Erne - Vladislav Namestnikov - Jonathan Drouin

Gabriel Dumont - Cedric Paquette - J.T. Brown (with Greg McKegg mixing in)

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Jason Garrison - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr (with Luke Witkowski rotating in)

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start 

THURSDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Wild are playing their second of two meetings this season...Minnesota defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 in a shootout in the teams' previous meeting on February 10...Brayden Point netted the Lightning's lone goal to level the score 1-1 at 17:16 of the second period...Mikko Koivu was the only player to convert in the shootout...Brayden Point, Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Kucherov were all unsuccessful in their shootout attempts...Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37-of-38 saves in a losing effort...The Lightning have won three in a row at home over Minnesota and four of their last five...The Bolts are 5-3-1 with one tie all-time at home against the Wild...The Lightning have split the season series with Minnesota each of the last three seasons...Tampa Bay is 7-11-2 with one tie alltime overall versus Minnesota.

LIGHTNING-WILD STORYLINES

Entering Thursday's game, the Lightning trail the New York Islanders by four points for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference and are five points behind Boston with a game in hand for third place in the Atlantic Division...Since Feb. 3, Tampa Bay owns the fourth-best points percentage in the NHL (.731) behind only Chicago (.917), Calgary (.808) and Washington (.750)...The Lightning have scored more power-play goals (50) than any other team in the NHL, and the Bolts' power play ranks tied for fourth in the league at 22.1%...The Bolts are tied with Dallas for the league lead for power-play opportunities (226).

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 194

Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 24 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 48 Games

TRANSACTIONS

March 6, Recalled F Yanni Gourde from AHL Syracuse

March 1 - Acquired a 4th round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from Pittsburgh in exchange for D Mark Streit

March 1 - Acquired D Mark Streit from Philadelphia in exchange for F Valtteri Filppula, a 4th round pick and a 7th round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft

Feb. 28 - Re-assigned F Yanni Gourde to AHL Syracuse

Feb. 27 - Acquired F Byron Froese and a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Toronto in exchange for F Brian Boyle

Feb. 27 - Claimed F Greg McKegg off waivers from Florida

Feb. 27 - Recalled F Yanni Gourde from AHL Syracuse

Feb. 27 - Recalled F Adam Erne from AHL Syracuse

Feb. 26 - Acquired G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, a 7th round pick and a conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Los Angeles in exchange for G Ben Bishop and a 5th round pick in 2017 Draft

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for the week ending March 5 after recording five goals and four assists through four games (Feb. 27 - March 4)...Since Feb. 27, Kucherov (5-4--9) is tied with BUF's Jack Eichel (4-5--9) for most points in the NHL...Kucherov saw his career-long six-game point streak come to an end March 6 at NYR...Kucherov's sixgame point streak (7 goals, 7 assists) is tied with Tyler Johnson (2 goals, 4 assists from Nov. 15-25) for longest on the Bolts this season...Kucherov paces Tampa Bay for goals (28) and ranks tied for 11th in the NHL...Kucherov's five-game goal streak (Feb. 21-March 3) is tied for the second longest in the NHL this season...Kucherov trails Chris Gratton by two goals for eighth place among the Bolts' all-time goal scorers.

HED OF THE CLASS

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman saw his career-long-tying five-game point streak come to an end March 6 vs. NYR...Hedman has two goals and five assists over his last six games...Hedman has recorded points in eight of his last 10 games (5-8--13)...Hedman set a new career high for assists March 4 at BUF after tallying his 43rd of the season, bettering the 42 he put up in 2013-14...Hedman ranks fifth in the NHL for assists and second among league defensemen behind only OTT's Erik Karlsson (47)...Hedman matched his career high for scoring with his 55th point March 4 at BUF, equaling his point total from the 2013-14 season...Hedman ranks tied for 24th in the NHL for scoring and third among NHL blueliners.

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