The Lightning travel to Chicago on Tuesday night for their first of two meetings this season against the Blackhawks at 8:30.
Lines are from Saturday's game at Arizona, and subject to change. Head coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday that forward J.T. Brown (upper-body injury) and defenseman Jason Garrison (illness) will be game-time decisions.
Ondrej Palat - Vladislav Namestnikov - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - TBA
Brian Boyle - Valtteri Filppula - Jonathan Drouin
Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette - Gabriel Dumont
Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn - Nikita Nesterov
Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start.
The Lightning and the Blackhawks are playing their first of two meetings this season...Tampa Bay has recorded at least a point in its last nine games against Chicago, going 7-0-2 over that stretch...The Lightning and the Blackhawks last met on Jan. 21, 2016 at AMALIE Arena, the Bolts winning 2-1 courtesy of Nikita Kucherov's power-play game-winner at 16:39 of the second period for their seventh win in a row and stopping Chicago's franchise record 12-game win streak in the process...The Lightning fell 1-0 in overtime in their last visit to the United Center on Oct. 24, 2015, Jonathan Toews scoring the game-winner 17 seconds into the extra session against Bolts goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, who was making just his second career regular season start and stopped 31-of-32 shots...Tampa Bay has earned at least a point in its last four visits to Chicago, going 2-0-2, and hasn't lost in the regular season in Chicago since Dec. 13, 2009 (4-0)...The Lightning are 6-10-2 with two ties all-time in the regular season in Chicago...The Bolts are 16-14-3 with five ties all-time overall in the regular season vs. the Blackhawks.
The Lightning are playing the fifth game of a six-game road trip, the trip tying a season long for days (11) and games (also: Oct. 22- Nov. 1)...Since recording a four-game road win streak from Nov. 14-19, the Bolts have lost 13 of their 15 road games since, going 2-10-3 over that stretch...The Bolts' three goals Saturday in Arizona ended a stretch of eight-straight road games where they scored two or less goals...On Jan. 21 at ARI, Jake Dotchin became the fifth Bolt to make his NHL debut in 2016-17 -- joining Brayden Point, Matthew Peca, Tanner Richard and Adam Erne -- and 34th player total to suit up for the Lightning, second most in the NHL (most: Nashville, 37).
2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 147
J.T. Brown - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED JAN. 7) 7 Games
Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED ON JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS ) 7 Games
Jason Garrison - Illness (Jan. 21) 1 Game
Brayden Point - Upper-body injury (OUT 4-6 WEEKS; INJURED DEC. 28) 12 Games
Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 31 Games
Jan. 22 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse
Jan. 17 - Recalled D Jake Dotchin from AHL Syracuse
Jan. 15 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse
Jan. 14 - Re-assigned F Matthew Peca to AHL Syracuse
The Lightning scored their league-leading 40th power-play goal (second: PIT, 37) Jan. 21 at ARI and have recorded a power-play goal in two-consecutive games...13 separate Bolts have tallied a power-play goal in 2016-17, tied with NYR for the league lead for most players with at least one power-play goal...Tampa Bay ranks fourth in the league for power-play conversions (23%)...The Lightning lead the league for power-play opportunities with 174 (second: PHI, 168)...Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Lightning have more games with multiple power-play goals (11) than any other team in the NHL (second: PHI, 9).