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Lightning vs. Flames: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay looks to stretch its season-best point streak to eight games on Thursday at AMALIE Arena

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning look to continue their hot streak on Thursday night at 8 against the Calgary Flames at AMALIE Arena.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Tuesday's game against Edmonton, and subject to change. Jonathan Drouin had a body maintenence day on Wednesday, and Jon Cooper said he'd be a game-time decision on Thursday night while he continues to battle the flu. 

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Jonathan Drouin

Brian Boyle - Valtteri Filppula - Vladislav Namestnikov

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 

THURSDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Flames are playing their second of two meetings this season...Tampa Bay earned a 6-3 victory in its previous meeting this season on Dec. 14 at Calgary...Brian Boyle and Alex Killorn each scored a pair of goals in the Lightning win...Killorn had an empty-net goal and a shorthanded goal, only the Bolts second shorthanded tally this season (also: J.T. Brown Nov. 1 at NYI)...The Bolts have won two straight and four of their last five at home over the Flames...Tampa Bay is 9-6-0 with one tie all-time at home versus Calgary...The Bolts have won four of their last five games overall against the Flames and are 18-13-1 with one tie all-time overall versus Calgary.

LIGHTNING-FLAMES STORYLINES

Tampa Bay can earn a point in eight-consecutive games tonight for the first time since going on a nine-game win streak last season from Feb. 18-March 5, 2016...Tonight's game is the final game in a stretch of eight-straight games against Western Conference opponents for the Bolts...Anton Stralman will play in his 600th career NHL game tonight provided he's in the lineup...Tyler Johnson will play in his 300th career NHL game tonight provided he's in the lineup.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 181

Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS) 18 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 42 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 19 - Re-assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse

Feb. 18 - Recalled F Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse

Feb. 17 - Recalled F Gabriel Dumont from AHL Syracuse

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov recorded a goal and three assists Feb. 21 vs. EDM to tie a career high for points in a game set twice previously this season (also: Oct. 25 at TOR and Nov. 1 at NYI)...Kucherov's three assists also matched a career high set three times previously (once this season on Oct. 25 at TOR)...Kucherov picked up his 200th career NHL point with his assist on Ondrej Palat's second period goal...Kucherov needs two more goals to tie Ryan Malone for ninth place among the Lightning's all-time goal scorers. Kucherov ended a four-game scoreless drought on Tuesday, his longest of the season (previous longest scoring drought was two games)...Kucherov paces the Lightning for scoring (22-31--53) and goals...Kucherov ranks tied for 15th in the NHL for scoring and tied for 18th for goals...Kucherov leads the Lightning for plus-minus (+10), and since the start of the 2014-15 season, Kucherov is +57 ranking tied for third in the NHL for plus-minus over that span.

BISH PLEASE

Bolts goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 20-of-21 shots Feb. 21 vs. EDM for his season-best fifth-consecutive win...Bishop can match his career high for consecutive victories set three times previously (last: Feb. 20-March 5, 2016) with a win in his next start...Bishop has saved 121 of the last 127 shots he's faced over his five-game win streak and has compiled a 1.17 goals-against average (fourth best in the NHL since Feb. 1) and a .953 save percentage (fifth best in NHL since Feb. 1)...Bishop owns the lowest career GAA (1.94) for active goalies (minimum 20 games) in the month of February and is 25-10-1 in 37 games all-time in February (5-0-0 this season).

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