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Lightning at Blue Jackets: Projected lines, storylines

The Lightning look to close out the three-game road trip with a win in Columbus

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Preview | Lightning at CBJ

Preview | Lightning at Blue Jackets

Caley Chelios previews the Lightning's Thursday night matchup versus the Columbus Blue Jackets

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After splitting the back-to-back against the Red Wings and Devils, Tampa Bay closes out the road trip against Columbus. In their most recent contest in New Jersey, the Lightning twice failed to hold onto a lead but did manage to earn a point in a 5-4 shootout loss. 

Lines from Thursday's Morning Skate. Subject to change

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz -  Gabriel Dumont- Ryan Callahan 

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - JT Brown 

Defense 

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi 

Andrej Sustr - Slater Koekkoek

Goalie

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start 

THURSDAYS MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Blue Jackets are playing their first of three meetings this season and first of two at Nationwide Arena...The two teams meet twice in a span of 17 days, the Blue Jackets making the trip to Tampa Bay on Nov. 4...Columbus was one of six teams (ARI, NSH, PIT, SJS and VAN the others) to sweep Tampa Bay in 2016-17, winning all three games by a combined 13-5 score and outshooting the Bolts a combined 107-87 (fourth-worst shot differential for Tampa Bay in 2016-17)...Tampa Bay fell 5-1 to Columbus in its lone visit to Nationwide Arena last season (11/29/16), Andrei Vasilevskiy getting the loss after allowing five goals on 38 shots...Despite getting swept by Columbus last season, the Lightning have won eight of their last 12 matchups against the Blue Jackets, including three straight in Columbus until last season's loss...Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has tallied seven goals and
13 points in 12 career games against Columbus, including tallying two goals and an assist in each of his last two games vs. the Blue Jackets (3/13/2016 and 12/26/2015)...Tampa Bay is 5-6-0 with one tie all-time in Columbus and 14-10-0 with one tie all-time overall against the Blue Jackets.

THURSDAY'S STORYLINES
The Lightning conclude a three-game road trip, their first multi-game road trip of the season, tonight in Columbus...Going back to last season, the Bolts are 13-2-2 in their last 17 regular season games , the best points percentage (.824) in the NHL over that period, and 25-7-5 over their last 37, again tops in the league for points percentage (.743) over that stretch.

INJURIES
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 1
Current injuries: none

TRANSACTIONS
Oct. 9 -- Assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse

POWER SURGE
The Lightning have scored at least one power-play goal in all seven games so far this season, tying a franchise record for consecutive games with a power-play goal to begin a season also set in 2002-03 and 2000-01...Ondrej Palat scored a power-play tally Oct. 17 at NJD, becoming the seventh different Lightning player with a power-play goal this season, tying the Bolts with New Jersey for most players with at least one power-play goal...Tampa Bay's seven-game power-play goal streak is its longest since Nov. 6-18, 2010 (Lightning franchise record for consecutive games with a power-play goal is 10 from Nov. 27-Dec. 22, 2005)...The Bolts are tied with four other teams (NJD, PIT, NSH and TOR) for the NHL lead for total power-play goals (8).

IN THE NIK OF TIME
Tampa Bay right wing Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added an assist Nov. 17 at NJD for his fifth multi-point game of the season (out of 7 total games) and 61st of his career...Kucherov has scored at least one goal in every game this season, becoming the sixth player in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) to score in each of his team's first seven games.

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