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Lightning vs. Hurricanes: Projected lines; injuries

Fans should note special start time of 7 p.m. at AMALIE Arena

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Fresh off a 5-1 rout of the Senators, the Lightning host the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night at 7 

PROJECTED LINES

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

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Jonathan Drouin

Adam Erne - 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

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

WEDNESDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Hurricanes are playing their final of three meetings and second of two at AMALIE Arena...The Bolts notched a 3-1 home victory in their last matchup on Dec. 31...Tampa Bay built a 3-0 lead in that victory behind power-play goals from Brian Boyle and Jonathan Drouin in the first period and Alex Killorn's second-period marker...Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26-of-27 shots in the win...The Lightning have won five in a row at home over Carolina, four of the five wins coming by a single goal...The Bolts are 34-19-1 with three ties all-time at home versus the Canes...Tampa Bay has won four of their last five overall against Carolina and 13 of its last 16 games against the Hurricanes dating back to the start of the 2012-13 season...The Lightning are 56-46-5 with 10 ties all-time overall versus the Canes.

LIGHTNING-HURRICANES STORYLINES

Tonight's game is the second of five-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents for Tampa Bay...Jason Garrison will play in his 200th game with the Lightning tonight provided he's in the lineup...

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 186

Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 20 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 44 Games

TRANSACTIONS

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 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

Feb. 24 - Re-assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse

Feb. 22 - Recalled F Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov scored three power-play goals and added an assist for a career-high-tying four-point night Feb. 27 vs. OTT...Kucherov has recorded four separate four-point nights this season, including two in the last three games...Kucherov has tallied nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) over his last three games...Kucherov's hat trick was the second of his NHL career (also: Oct. 28, 2014 vs. ARI) and first natural hat trick...Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Kucherov's natural hat trick was the 10th in Lightning franchise history and the first with all three goals scored via the power play...The last player from any team to score a natural hat trick with three power-play goals was Taylor Hall on Feb. 19, 2011 with EDM vs. ATL...Kucherov matched a franchise record for power-play goals in a game set by Chris Kontos on Oct. 7, 1992 vs. CHI in the very first game Lightning history...Kucherov's three goals in the second period tied a Bolts record for most goals in a period set six times previously (last: Martin St. Louis, Jan. 18, 2014 vs. SJS)...Kucherov
has scored a goal in three-consecutive games, matching a Bolts season high, and moved past Ryan Malone for ninth place among the Lightning's all-time goal scorers.

HED OF THE CLASS

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman picked up two power-play assists on Feb 27 vs. OTT, giving him three assists over his last two games...Hedman has recorded three goals and six assists over his last six games...Hedman ranks tied for first in the NHL with BUF's Rasmus Ristolainen for power-play assists (20)...Hedman ranks tied for fifth in the league for power-play points and first among league defensemen.

Hedman has a Lightning-best 41 assists this season and needs just one more to match his career high for assists in a season set in 2013-14 (42 assists)...Hedman ranks tied for fourth in the NHL for helpers and second among league defensemen behind OTT's Erik Karlsson (45)...Hedman needs four more points to match his career high for scoring in a season he set in 2013-14 (55 points)...Hedman ranks tied for 27th in the NHL for scoring and third among league defensemen.

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