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Lightning at Bruins: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay hits the road for its final road trip of the season on Tuesday night at Boston

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning head to Beantown to continue their playoff push against the red-hot Bruins on Tuesday night at 7.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are subject to change.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Jonathan Drouin

Adam Erne - Yanni Gourde - Vladislav Namestnikov

Gabriel Dumont - Greg McKegg - Joel Vermin

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Anton Stralman - Luke Witkowski

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

TUESDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Bruins are playing their fifth of five meetings this season and third of three at TD Garden...The Bolts defeated the Bruins 6-3 in their last meeting 12 days ago in Boston, Nikita Kucherov recording his third career hat trick to pace the Bolts to their first win over the Bruins in four tries this season..Boston downed the Lightning 4-3 on Jan. 31 at AMALIE Arena despite a pair of goals from Alex Killorn...Boston beat the Bolts 4-1 in the teams' first meeting this season at TD Garden (Nov. 27)...The Bruins earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Lightning at AMALIE (Nov. 3) after Jimmy Hayes successful conversion in the 10th round of the shootout...The Lightning have won three of their last four in Boston dating back to last season, but prior to 2015-16, the Bolts had lost 10 in a row in Boston...The Bolts are 7-30-4 with six ties all-time in Boston...Tampa Bay is 25-50-9 with nine ties all-time overall against the Bruins.

LIGHTNING-BRUINS STORYLINES

The Lightning enter tonight's game four points behind Boston but with a game in hand for second place in the Atlantic Division...The Bolts trail Toronto and Ottawa by three points for third place in the Atlantic/the final wild card in the East, but both the Maple Leafs and the Senators own a game in hand on the Bolts...Tampa Bay is on a five-game road winning streak, its longest road win streak since winning six in a row from Feb. 20-March 3, 2016...The Lightning have collected points in six-straight games, one game shy of their season high for consecutive games with a point (Feb. 4-21, 2017)...Since Feb. 4, Tampa Bay is 17-5-4 and owns the second-best point percentage in the NHL (.731) behind only Chicago (.769).

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 252

Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 37 Games

Jason Garrison - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED APRIL 2)

Cedric Paquette - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 9) 12 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 61 Games

TRANSACTIONS

April 3 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse

April 1 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse

April 1 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse

March 29 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse

March 28 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse

PUTTING UP PALAT OF POINTS

Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat tallied a goal and two assists April 2 vs. DAL to match a season-high for points in a game set twice previously in 2016-17...Palat has recorded points in seven of his last eight games (3g, 10a) and 11 of his last 13 games (4g, 13a)...Since March 9, Palat ranks tied for third in the NHL for assists (13) and tied for fourth for points (17).

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Lightning leading scorer Nikita Kucherov tallied an assist April 2 vs. DAL for his 43rd helper of the season...Kucherov has set career highs for goals (38), assists (43) and points (81) this season...Kucherov was named the NHL's First Star for March after notching 12 goals and 10 assists in 14 games during the month...Since February 21, Kucherov has recorded 17 goals and 15 assists over 19 games and leads the NHL for scoring.

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