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Lightning at Penguins: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay caps its weekend back-to-back with a showdown against the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning finish their weekend back-to-back with a meeting against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won four straight, on Sunday afternoon at 5.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Saturday's game at Philadelphia, and subject to change.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat  -- Tyler Johnson  -- Nikita Kucherov

Vladislav Namestnikov  -- Valtteri Filppula  -- Jonathan Drouin

Adam Erne -- Matthew Peca -- Alex Killorn

J.T. Brown  -- Cedric Paquette  -- Ryan Callahan

Defensemen

Victor Hedman  -- Anton Stralman

Andrej Sustr -- Jason Garrison

Nikita Nesterov  -- Luke Witkowski

Goalie

Andrei Vasilevskiy or Adam Wilcox

SUNDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Penguins are playing their second of three meetings this season and first of two at PPG Paints Arena...In their prior meeting, Pittsburgh rallied from a 3-1 deficit at AMALIE Arena, scoring three-consecutive power play goals to earn a 4-3 victory over the Bolts on December 10, the three power-play goals tied for the most the Lightning have given up this season...Jonathan Drouin had a pair of goals in the Lightning loss and has scored three goals in his last two games against the Penguins dating back to last season's Eastern Conference Final...The Lightning won in their last regular season game in Pittsburgh, earning a 4-2 victory on February 20, 2016...Prior to that win, the Bolts had lost nine in a row in the regular season in Pittsburgh, going 0-8-1 over that stretch...Tampa Bay is 13-24-3 with three ties all-time in Pittsburgh...The Lightning are 36-43-3 with five ties all-time overall against the Penguins.

LIGHTNING-PENGUINS STORYLINES

Jason Garrison will play in his 500th career NHL game provided he's in the lineup...The Lightning are playing the second game of a stretch where eight of 10 games come on the road...The Bolts are hoping to avoid their first four-game losing skid since dropping four straight Nov. 25 to Dec. 1.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 112

Ben Bishop - Lower-body injury (OUT 3-4 WEEKS; INJURED DEC. 20) 8 Games

Brian Boyle - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED DEC. 31) 3 Games

Braydon Coburn - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED JAN. 5) 1 Game

Brayden Point - Upper-body injury (OUT 4-6 WEEKS; INJURED DEC. 28) 5 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 24 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 8 - Recalled F Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 8 - Recalled F Erik Condra from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 6 - Recalled D Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 4 - Recalled G Adam Wilcox from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 4 - Re-assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 4 - Re-assigned G Kristers Gudlevskis to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 4 - Re-assigned F Yanni Gourde to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 1 - Recalled F Adam Erne from AHL Syracuse

BACK TO BACK

The Lightning have 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, their most back-to-back sets in a season since 16 were on the schedule in 2010-11 (most all time back-to-back sets: 19 during 1997-98 and 1993-94 seasons)...The Lightning are currently playing the first set of a stretch of three back-to-back sets in 11 days...The Bolts game tonight in Pittsburgh is the second half of their seventh back-to-back set this season.

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