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Lightning at Panthers: Projected lines, injuries, storylines

Tampa Bay looks to rebound against their in-state rivals

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning depart on a quick one-game road trip to take on the Panthers in South Florida. The Bolts and Cats split a home-and-home series at the start of the season with the home team winning both times. The Lightning will be looking to bounce back from only their second regulation loss of the season on Saturday night, a 4-1 loss to the Ducks at AMALIE Arena. 

Lines subject to change.

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Gabriel Dumont

Chris Kunitz - JT Brown - Ryan Callahan

Defense

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi

Slater Koekkoek - Andrej Sustr

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj

TONIGHT'S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Panthers are playing their third of four meeetins this season and second of two meetings at BB&T Center...The Bolts and Cats will be playing one another for the third time in 25 days...Tampa Bay fell 5-4 in its last game vs. Florida (Oct. 7 at BB&T Center), the Panthers' 48 shots the most the Lightning have allowed this season...Tampa Bay has lost in its last five visits to Sunrise, its last victory coming April 4, 2015 behind a 34-save shutout effort by former goalie Ben Bishop in a 4-0 win...All-time, the Lightning are 21-31-7 with four ties at Florida...The Bolts and the Cats are meeting for the 129th time, the Bolts owning a 53-52-13 record with 10 ties...The Lightning have played the Panthers more than any other team in the NHL (second: WSH, 123 games)...Bolts captain Steven Stamkos is averaging 1.18 points per game all-time vs. Florida and has more games (44), goals (27), assists (25), points (52) and power-play goals (13) vs. Florida than any other NHL team.
TONIGHT'S STORYLINES
Tampa Bay is tied for its best start in franchise history with 19 points through 12 games (also: 19 points through first 12 games of 2003-04)...The Lightning record for points through 13 games is 19 set in 2014-15 and 2003-04...Tampa Bay tops the Atlantic Division and is tied with Los Angeles and St. Louis for most points (19) in the NHL...Since Feb. 4, 2017, the Bolts are 29-8-5 and tied with St. Louis for most points (63) in the NHL over that period...The Lightning are tied with Toronto for most goals (45) in 2017-18.
INJURIES
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 6
Current injuries: Cedric Paquette
- Upper body (DAY-TO-DAY) 5 Games
TRANSACTIONS
Oct. 9 -- Assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse
ANDREI THE GIANT
Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29-of-31 shots Oct. 26 vs. DET to win his NHL-best ninth game of the
season...Dating back to Feb. 27, 2017, Vasilevskiy is 21-5-2 over his last 28 starts, pacing all NHL goalies for wins over that period (second: Jake Allen - 17)...Vasilevskiy has won 12 of his last 13 starts dating back to last season...Vasilevskiy skated in his 100th career NHL game and collected his 50th career win in his last start Oct. 26 vs. DET...Vasilevskiy has won eight-straight starts, continuing a career high for consecutive starts with a victory (previous best: 6-straight wins from 12/15/15 to 1/27/16)...Vasilevskiy's eight-game win streak (in decisions) is tied for the second longest all-time for the Lightning, and he can earn a share of the longest goalie win streak in franchise history with a victory in his next decision.
Vasilevskiy paces the NHL for shots against (345) and saves (323)...Vasilevskiy is T-7th in the league for save percentage (.936) and 10th for goals-against average (2.20)...Vasilevskiy has given up seven goals total in his last six starts.
STAMMER TIME
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos saw his 11-game point streak to start the season come to an end Oct. 28 vs. ANA...Stamkos' season-opening 11-game point streak was tied with Nikita Kucherov (2017-18) and Martin St. Louis (2009-10) for the longest in franchise history...Stamkos paces the NHL for scoring.
Stamkos owns a share of the longest assist streak in the NHL, 6-straight games from Oct. 14-24 (12 assists) along with PIT's Olli Maatta (6 assists from Oct. 7-20)...Stamkos leads the NHL for assists.
Stamkos (214 career power-play points) passed Brad Richards for third place on the Bolts' all-time power-play points list with a power-play goal Oct. 26 vs. DET...Stamkos leads the NHL for power-play points.
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