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Lightning at Devils: Projected lines, storylines, injuries

The Bolts wrap up a two-game road trip on Saturday against the Devils

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning and Devils meet on Saturday night in Newark in what could be a preview of a first round playoff matchup.

Tampa Bay comes in riding a three-game winning streak with victories over the Oilers, Maple Leafs and Islanders. New Jersey is returning home after a five-game road trip that took them out West and wraps up on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Lines from Thursday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
J.T. Miller - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz - Adam Erne -

Defensemen
Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrej Sustr -

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Louis Domingue or Peter Budaj

Saturday's Matchup
The Lightning and the Devils are playing the third of three regular season meetings tonight...Tampa Bay has dropped both previous matchups against New Jersey this season...The Devils defeated the Bolts 4-3 the last time the two teams played Feb. 17 at AMALIE Arena despite power-play goals from Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point...Tampa Bay earned a point in its last trip to the Prudential Center in a 5-4 shootout loss Oct. 17, Steven Stamkos (goal, 2 assists), Nikita Kucherov (goal, assist) and Mikhail Sergachev (2 assists) all registering multiple points for the Bolts, who went 0-for-3 in the shootout...Tampa Bay has earned a point in four of its last five trips to New Jersey, going 2-1-2...The Lightning are 6-2-2 in their last ten games overall against the Devils...Brayden Point has recorded points in four of his five career games vs. NJD (2-2--4)...Yanni Gourde has recorded an assist in two-straight games vs.
NJD...Nikita Kucherov has tallied points in six-straight games vs. NJD (3-7--10)...Steven Stamkos has points in three straight games (2-3--5) and seven of his last eight games (6-4--10) vs. NJD...Mikhail Sergachev registered his first career multi-point game (0-2--2) vs. NJD on Oct. 17, 2017 and has points in both career meetings vs. NJD (0-3--3)

Saturday's Storylines
The Lightning set the franchise record for wins on Thursday and can match their all-time record for points in a season (108 pts. in 2014-15) with one more win over their last eight games...Tampa Bay remains in first place in the Atlantic Division by six points over Boston (the Bruins have two games in hand) and has led the Atlantic continuously since Oct. 19...The Lightning lead the NHL for wins (51), ROW (45), goals (265), goals per game (3.58) and goal differential (+60) and are tied with NSH for most points (106) in the League...The Bolts lead the NHL for road wins (24) and extended their franchise record for road wins this season (previous best: 22 road wins in 2003-04 and 2006-07)...Tampa Bay has won five road games in a row and needs just one road point to tie the franchise mark for most road points in a season (51) established previously in 2003-04...The Lightning are 12-2-1 over their last 15 games.

Injuries
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 118
Current injuries

Ryan Callahan - Upper body (out indefinitely; injured March 20) 1 Game
 

Transactions
March 17 - Recalled G Louis Domingue from AHL Syracuse
March 13 - Re-assigned G
Louis Domingue to AHL Syracuse

Hed of the Class
Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman tallied a goal and assist March 22 at NYI for his 13th multi-point game this season and 80th of his career...Hedman extended his goal streak to three games, matching a career long for consecutive games with a goal set previously from Oct. 9-13, 2014...Hedman's 14 goals are the second most in a season for his career and two goals from tying his career high of 16 set in 2016-17...Hedman ranks tied for fifth for scoring among NHL defensemen and tied for first among League blueliners for plus/minus (+27).

Making a Point
Lightning second year pro Brayden Point registered a goal and two assists March 22 at NYI to match a career high for points in a game set three times previously (last: 0-3--3 Jan. 9 vs. CAR)...With his second period shorthanded goal Thursday, Point registered his 100th career point in NHL game No. 142...Point ranks tied for third in the NHL for shorthanded goals (3) and are the most by a Lightning player since Brian Boyle scored three times shorthanded during the 2014-15 season.
 

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