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Lightning vs. Ducks: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay hosts Anaheim on Saturday at 7 p.m. at AMALIE Arena.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning continue their homestand with the last of two meetings against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at AMALIE Arena.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Lines are from Saturday's morning skate, and are subject to change.

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov 

Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Jonathan Drouin

Brian Boyle - Valtteri Filppula - Joel Vermin

Gabriel Dumont - Cedric Paquette - JT Brown 

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Braydon Coburn - Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr

Luke Witkowski mixing in 

Goaltender

Ben Bishop expected to start 

SATURDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Ducks are playing their second of two meetings this season...The Bolts fell 2-1 in overtime in Anaheim 18 days ago (Jan. 17), Rickard Rakell netting the game-winning goal on a 4-on-3 power play 54 seconds into the extra frame...Valtteri Filppulascored the lone goal for the Bolts and Ben Bishop made 19-of-21 saves in the loss...That defeat ended Tampa Bay's four-game win streak over Anaheim...The Lightning haven't lost in regulation to the Ducks since Dec. 9, 2006 (4-3), going 7-0-5 since...Tampa Bay is 14-11-5 with one tie all-time versus Anaheim...The Bolts have won four in a row over the Ducks at home and haven't lost in regulation at home to Anaheim since that same 4-3 defeat on Dec. 9, 2006, going 4-0-1 since...The Lightning are 8-6-1 all-time at home versus the Ducks.

LIGHTNING-DUCKS STORYLINES

The Lightning are playing the third game of a four-game home stand...The Bolts have lost three-straight games at AMALIE Arena and five of their last six at home...Tampa Bay is hoping to avoid its first four-game home losing skid since dropping five in a row from Dec. 28 to Jan. 18, 2014 (0-3-2 over that stretch).

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 161

Michael Bournival - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED JAN. 26) 3 Games

Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS) 11 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 35 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 30 - Recalled D Jake Dotchin from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 28 - Re-assigned D Jake Dotchin to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 27 - Re-assigned F Erik Condra to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 26 - Acquired D Jonathan Racine and a 2017 6th round draft pick from Montreal in exchange for D Nikita Nesterov

JOHNNY BE GOOD

Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson netted his 16th goal of the season Feb. 2 vs. OTT, giving him points in four of his last five games...Johnson has recorded three goals and three assists in his last five games, tallying more points over a five-game stretch than at any other point this season...Johnson ranks second on the Lightning for goals and tied for third for scoring (16-16--32).

ON POINT

Lightning rookie forward Brayden Point scored his fifth goal of the season Feb. 2 vs. OTT, his second-consecutive game with a goal since returning from an upper-body injury that forced him to miss 14 games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 26...Point has recorded a point in three-straight games (2 goals, 1 assist) going back to before his injury...Point has recorded goals in consecutive games for the first time in his career...Four of Point's five goals have come at home...Three of Point's five goals have come on the power play.

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