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Lightning vs. Bruins: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay returns to AMALIE Arena for a clash with its Atlantic Division foe on Tuesday night.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning return from the All-Star Break to host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at 7:30.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Thursday's morning skate. All-Stars Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov did not participate in Morning Skate after traveling. 

Forwards

Brian Boyle - Valtteri Filppula - Jonathan Drouin 

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point

Ondrej Palat - Vladislav Namestnikov - Jonathan Drouin (filling in)

J.T. Brown - Cedric Paquette - Gabriel Dumont 

Defensemen

Braydon Coburn - Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr

Luke Witkowski - Jake Dotchin

 

Goaltender

Ben Bishop expected to start 

TUESDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Bruins are playing their third of five meetings this season -- Boston is one of two teams the Bolts play five times; Detroit is the other -- and second of two at AMALIE Arena...In their last matchup Nov. 27 at Boston, the Bruins earned a 4-1 victory, Victor Hedman scoring the lone goal for the Bolts down 4-0...In their last meeting at AMALIE Arena Nov. 3, Boston scored a 4-3 shootout win, Jimmy Hayes netting the game-winner in the shootout's 10th round...Tyler Johnson scored a pair of goals, and the Lightning had two power-play goals in the loss...Tampa Bay has lost three in a row at home against Boston but has gotten points out of two of the losses, going 0-1-2...The Lightning are 2-1-2 in their last five home games versus Boston and 18-19-5 with three ties all-time at home versus Boston...The Lightning are 4-3-3 in their last 10 overall against Boston and are 24-49-9 with nine ties all-time overall versus the Bruins.

LIGHTNING-BRUINS STORYLINES

The Lightning open a four-game home stand tonight against Boston after spending the last six games and eight of the last 10 on the road...The Bolts are 12-8-2 at AMALIE Arena this season and have scored exactly as many goals (66) as they've given up (66) at home.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 155

Michael Bournival - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED JAN. 26) 1 Game

Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED ON JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS ) 9 Games

Brayden Point - Upper-body injury (OUT 4-6 WEEKS; INJURED DEC. 28) 14 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 33 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

Jan. 22 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 17 - Recalled D Jake Dotchin from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 15 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Tampa Bay right wing Nikita Kucherov scored a goal for the second-consecutive game after netting the Lightning's lone goal Jan. 26 at FLA...Kucherov paces the Bolts for goals (19) and ranks tied for 18th in the NHL...Kucherov also leads the Lightning for scoring (19-25--44) and ranks tied for 15th in the league...Kucherov has points in 10 of his last 15 games (6 goals, 8 assists) since returning from a lower-body injury that forced him to miss six games (Dec. 14-23)...Kucherov has yet to go more than two consecutive games this season without recording a point...Kucherov is second on the Bolts for plus-minus (+6) behind Brian Boyle (+7), and since the start of the 2014-15 season, Kucherov is +53, ranking fourth in the NHL for plus-minus over that span.

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