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Lightning at Jets: Projected lines; injuries

The Bolts travel to Winnipeg on Saturday in the second half of their back-to-back

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning wrap up their regular season series with the Winnipeg Jets in the second leg of a back-to-back on Saturday night at 7.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Friday's game at Minnesota. Head coach Jon Cooper said Ben Bishop will make the start in net, and forward Tyler Johnson will miss his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Vladislav Namestnikov - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Jonathan Drouin

Brian Boyle - Valtteri Filppula - Erik Condra

Gabriel Dumont - Cedric Paquette - J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Jason Garrison - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Ben Bishop expected to start

SATURDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Jets are playing their second of two meetings this season...Winnipeg earned a 6-4 victory in the teams' last matchup earlier this season on Jan. 3, 2017, the six goals tied for the most the Bolts have allowed this season...Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of power-play goals for the Lightning in the loss...Tampa Bay has won three of its last four against Winnipeg, including a two-game season sweep of the Jets in 2015-16...The Lightning are 44-29-8 with four ties all-time against Winnipeg...Tampa Bay has won three in a row in Winnipeg and is 17-18-4 with three ties all-time against the Jets on the road.

LIGHTNING-JETS STORYLINES

The Lightning are playing the second half of a back-to-back set in Winnipeg and the second game in a stretch of four-straight games on the road...Tonight's game is the fourth in a stretch of eight-straight games against Western Conference opponents for the Bolts... Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Tampa Bay has played more games, playoffs included, than any other team in the NHL with 261 (second: Chicago - 249)...Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Tampa Bay ranks fourth in the league for wins (includes playoffs) with 145.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 172

Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS) 14 Games

Tyler Johnson - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED FEB. 7) 1 Game

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 38 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 9 - Recalled F Erik Condra from AHL Syracuse

Feb. 8 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse

Feb. 8 - Re-assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse

Feb. 4 - Recalled F Joel Vermin 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)...Tonight, the Lightning are finishing the first set of two-consecutive back-to-backs, sandwiched around their bye week.

ON POINT

Lightning rookie Brayden Point scored his sixth goal of the season Feb. 10 at MIN, the Bolts lone goal against the Wild...Point has scored three goals in his last five games since returning from injury (missed 14 games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 26) after scoring three goals in his first 36 games of the season...Point ranks 19th among NHL rookies for scoring (6-12--18)...Point ranks tied for seventh among league rookies for power-play goals (3)...All 10 of Point's penalty minutes this season have come on the road.

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