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Lightning vs. Blue Jackets: Projected lines, injuries

Tampa Bay looks to keep up its red-hot play when it faces Columbus on Friday at 7:30.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning are seeking their sixth win in seven games as they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets and former coach John Tortorella to AMALIE Arena on Friday night at 7:30.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Friday's morning skate. Subject to change

Forward

Alex Killorn - Vladislav Namestnikov - Nikita Kucherov

Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson - Ryan Callahan

Ondrej Palat - Valtteri Filppula - Jonathan Drouin

Brian Boyle - Cedric Paquette - Erik Condra

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Andrej Sustr

Nikita Nesterov - Braydon Coburn

Jason Garrison - Slater Koekkoek

Anton Stralman - Luke Witkowski

Goalie

Ben Bishop expected to start

FRIDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning play their first of three meetings against Columbus and first of two at AMALIE Arena tonight...The Blue Jackets are coached by former Lightning head coach John Tortorella, who guided Tampa Bay to its only Stanley Cup (2004)...Tortorella guided the Lightning to a record of 239-222-38 with 36 ties during his seven seasons in Tampa Bay...The Lightning swept Columbus last season and have won six of the last seven in the series...The Bolts outscored Columbus 11-3 last season, including 5-0 in the third period... Ben Bishop won all three games last season vs. Columbus, recording one shutout and allowing just three goals on 95 shots for a 1.00 GAA and .968 save percentage...The Lightning have won seven of their last eight at home over the Blue Jackets and are 9-2-0 all-time at home against Columbus...Tampa Bay is 14-7-0 with one tie overall vs. Columbus.

LIGHTNING-BLUE JACKETS STORYLINES

Two of the best power-play teams meet tonight with the Lightning ranking third (24.4%) in the NHL and Columbus first (28.6%)...Tampa Bay leads the league for power-play goals (20)...Friday's game also features two of top scoring teams in the league with Tampa Bay ranking tied for fourth for average goals per game at 3.10 and Columbus third at 3.11...Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Lightning are second in the NHL for most combined regular season goals (780) behind only Dallas (808)...Tampa Bay's 13 wins so far this season are tied for third in the NHL...The Lightning own the third-best goal differential in the league (+15) behind the Rangers (+29) and Montreal (+17)

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season

Man Games Lost: 30

Current injuries

Brian Boyle - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED NOV. 23) 1 Game

J.T. Brown - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED NOV. 23) 1 Game

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

Anton Stralman - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED NOV. 12) 6 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 23 - Recalled F Erik Condra from AHL Syracuse

Nov. 22 - Re-assigned F Erik Condra to AHL Syracuse

Nov. 21 - Recalled F Erik Condra from AHL Syracuse

Nov. 14 - Recalled D Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse

NOTEWORTHY

Tampa Bay is 13-0-1 when scoring three goals or more and 48-3-4 over the last two seasons (0-7-0 this season and 11-34-2 last two seasons when scoring less than three)...The Bolts are 8-0-0 when leading after the first period...The Lightning are 9-0-1 when scoring first...Ondrej Palat ranks first in the NHL for takeaways (24)...AMALIE Arena has sold out 75-consecutive games (including playoffs) dating back to the 2014-15 season.

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