The Lightning travel to Pittsburgh on Friday night at 7 for the first half of a road back-to-back.
Lines are from Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes. Friday's Morning Skate in Pittsburgh was optional. Subject to change.
Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Jonathan Drouin
Greg McKegg - Vladislav Namestnikov - Adam Erne
Gabriel Dumont - Cedric Paquette - J.T. Brown
Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin
Jason Garrison - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr
Peter Budaj expected to start
The Lightning and the Penguins are playing their final of three meetings and second of two meetings at PPG Paints Arena...The Bolts dropped a 6-2 decision to the Pens in their last matchup in Pittsburgh on Jan. 8, the fourth consecutive loss for the Lightning, matching a season high for consecutive losses (also: Nov. 25 - Dec. 1)...Jonathan Drouin scored a goal and Vladislav Namestnikov connected on the power play for Tampa Bay in the loss...The Lightning ended a nine-game regular season losing streak in Pittsburgh last season when they scored a 4-2 victory, former Bolts Matt Carle (goal, assist) and Jonathan Marchessault (2 assists) tallying multi-point games and Ben Bishop stopping 37-of-39 shots...Tampa Bay has lost 10 of its last 11 regular season games in Pittsburgh, going 1-9-1 over that stretch...The Lightning are 13-25-3 with three ties all-time in the regular season in Pittsburgh...The Bolts are 36-44-3 with five ties all-time overall in the regular season versus Pittsburgh.
Tonight's game is the third of five-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents for Tampa Bay...The Lightning swept three regular season games from the Penguins in 2015-16 but are trying to avoid their first three-game regular season sweep at the hands of the Pens since 2013-14 (0-2-1).
2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 188
Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 21 Games
Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 45 Games
March 1 - Acquired a 4th round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for D Mark Streit
March 1 - Acquired D Mark Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for F Valtteri Filppula, a 4th round pick and a 7th round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft
Feb. 28 - Re-assigned F Yanni Gourde to AHL Syracuse
Feb. 27 - Acquired F Byron Froese and a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for F Brian Boyle
Feb. 27 - Claimed F Greg McKegg off waivers from the Florida Panthers
Feb. 27 - Recalled F Yanni Gourde from AHL Syracuse
Feb. 27 - Recalled F Adam Erne from AHL Syracuse
Feb. 26 - Acquired G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, a 7th round pick and a conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for G Ben Bishop and a 5th round pick in 2017 Draft
Feb. 25 - Acquired RW Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for RW Jeremy Morin
The Lightning scored their league-leading 49th power-play goal March 1 vs. CAR when Victor Hedman netted the first of his two goals at 7:58 of the first period...Dating back two games prior to a 3-2 loss vs. CGY on Feb. 23, the Bolts scored on five-consecutive power plays...Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the five-consecutive power-play goals for the Lightning tied a franchise record for consecutive power-play goals set once prior when they scored five in a row on March 19, 1995 at BUF...Tampa Bay ranks second in the NHL for power-play success rate at 22.8% (first: Toronto - 23%)...The Bolts ranks second in the league for power-play opportunities with 215 (first: Dallas -220).
IN THE NIK OF TIME
Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov netted a goal and added two assists March 1 vs. CAR...Kucherov's three-point night was his third multi-point game in his last four games...Kucherov has recorded 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) over his last four games...Kucherov has scored a goal in four-straight games to set a new Lightning season high for consecutive games with a goal...Kucherov trails Chris Gratton by three goals for eighth place among the Bolts' all-time goal scorers. Kucherov has scored in seven-straight games at AMALIE Arena, recording eight goals and nine assists over that stretch...Kucherov paces the Lightning for scoring (27-34--61) and goals...Kucherov ranks tied for ninth in the NHL for scoring and goals...Kucherov ranks tied for fourth in the league for power-play goals (11)...Kucherov leads the Lightning for plus-minus (+11), and since the start of the 2014-15 season, Kucherov is +59, ranking tied for third in the NHL for plus-minus over that span.