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Lightning at Red Wings: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay heads to Detroit for the second half of their road back-to-back on Friday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning travel to Detroit on Friday night to finish the second half of their road back-to-back against the Red Wings at 7:30.

 

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Thursday night's game at Boston, and subject to change.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Jonathan Drouin

J.T. Brown -- Gabriel Dumont -- Luke Witkowski

Joel Vermin -- Yanni Gourde -- Adam Erne

Defensemen

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

TBA -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj

TONIGHT'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Red Wings are playing the fourth game of their five-game regular season series and second of two at Joe Louis Arena...The Bolts will play their final regular season game at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena tonight...Tampa Bay is 5-17-0 with one tie alltime in the regular season at Joe Louis Arena and 3-2 all-time in the playoffs...Four of the Bolts' five all-time regular season wins at Joe Louis Arena have come in the last seven games in Detroit...Tampa Bay has won its last five matchups overall against Detroit, including a 3-0-0 mark this season...The Lightning scored three power play goals, tied for a season high, in a 6-4 home win on Opening Night (Oct. 13) over Detroit...The Bolts were 4-3 winners in their last visit to the Joe (Nov. 15), Nikita Kucherov netting a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 1:10 to go...That game also saw Steven Stamkos suffer a knee injury that has kept him out of the last 56 games...Tampa Bay defeated Detroit 4-1 at AMALIE Arena in the teams' last meeting (Dec. 20), Andrei Vasilevskiy making 22-of23 saves to win in relief of an injured Ben Bishop...The Lightning are 17-28-1 with two ties all-time against Detroit overall in the regular season.

TONIGHT'S STORYLINES

The Lightning have won four-consecutive road games and have picked up at least a point in 10 of their last 11 road games (7-1-3)...The Bolts are 7-3-1 against Atlantic Division opponents on the road this season...Tampa Bay scored two power-play goals on Thursday and leads the NHL for power-play markers (56).

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 228

Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 32 Games

Jason Garrison - Lower-body injury (INJURED MARCH 24)

Tyler Johnson - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 9) 7 Games

Cedric Paquette - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 9) 7 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 56 Games

TRANSACTIONS

March 20 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse

March 19 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse

March 19 - Re-assigned F Byron Froese to AHL Syracuse

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