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Lightning at Blackhawks: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay travels to Chicago on Tuesday for the first of two meetings between the teams this season.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning travel to Chicago on Tuesday night for their first of two meetings this season against the Blackhawks at 8:30.

PROJECTED LINES

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.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat  - Vladislav Namestnikov  - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn  - Tyler Johnson  - TBA

Brian Boyle  - Valtteri Filppula  - Jonathan Drouin

Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette  - Gabriel Dumont

Defensemen

Victor HedmanAnton Stralman

Jason Garrison  - Andrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn  - Nikita Nesterov

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start.

TUESDAY'S MATCHUP

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.

LIGHTNING-BLACKHAWKS STORYLINES

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).

INJURIES

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

TRANSACTIONS

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

POWER UP

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).

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