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Lightning at Panthers: Projected lines; injuries

Before heading into the All-Star Break, the Bolts wrap up their road trip against in-state rival Florida on Thursday.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning cap a six-game road trip on Thursday night with their third meeting of the season against the in-state foe Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Tuesday's game at Chicago, and subject to change.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat   - Vladislav Namestnikov   - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn   - Tyler Johnson   - J.T. Brown

Brian Boyle   - Valtteri Filppula   - Jonathan Drouin

Michael Bournival  - Cedric Paquette   - Gabriel Dumont

Defensemen

Victor Hedman  - Anton Stralman

Nikita NesterovAndrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn   - Jake Dotchin

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

THURSDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Panthers are playing their third of four meetings this season and second of two at the BB&T Center...The Bolts fell 3-1 in their last visit to Sunrise on Nov. 7, Ben Bishop making 29 saves on 31 shots in the defeat...Tampa Bay scored a 4-3 shootout victory over Florida at AMALIE Arena in the third game of the season (Oct. 18), Brayden Point netting the game-winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout...Steven Stamkos tied the game 3-3 with six seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and the eventual shootout...Ondrej Palat has netted a goal in each game this season against Florida...The Lightning are on a three-game losing skid in Sunrise but are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games at Florida...The Bolts are 21-30-6 with four ties all-time at Florida...Tampa Bay is 8-4-1 in its last 13 games overall vs. Florida and is 51-50-12 with 10 ties all-time overall against the Panthers.

LIGHTNING-PANTHERS STORYLINES

The Lightning are playing the final game of a six-game road trip, the trip tying a season long for days (11) and games (also: Oct. 22- Nov. 1)...The Bolts are 2-2-1 on the current road trip...Tampa Bay's victory at CHI was just its third in its last 16 road games.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 151

Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED ON JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS ) 8 Games

Jason Garrison - Illness (Jan. 21) 2 Games

Brayden Point - Upper-body injury (OUT 4-6 WEEKS; INJURED DEC. 28) 13 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 32 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

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT

Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson netted two goals, including the game-winner, Jan. 24 at CHI for his third multi-goal game of the season and 13th of his career...Johnson now ranks second on the Bolts for goals (15) this season and surpassed his goal total from 2015-16 (14 goals)...With his two-goal performance, Johnson passed Rob Zamuner and moved into 11th place on the Lightning's alltime career goals list (85 career goals)...Johnson is on a two-game point streak (2 goals, assist).

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