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Lightning vs. Red Wings: Projected lines; injuries

The Bolts look to stretch their win streak to four games against Detroit on Thursday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning continue their playoff push and look to make it four straight wins when they host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night at 7:30 at AMALIE Arena.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Monday's game against Chicago, and subject to change.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Vladislav Namestnikov - Jonathan Drouin

Adam Erne - Yanni Gourde - Joel Vermin 

Gabriel Dumont - Greg McKegg - J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Anton Stralman - Luke Witkowski

Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

THURSDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Red Wings are playing the final game of their five-game regular season series and third of three at AMALIE Arena...Tampa Bay has won all four prior meetings against Detroit this season and is attempting to sweep the regular season series from the Red Wings for the first time in franchise history...The Lightning earned a 2-1 overtime win in Detroit six days ago, Nikita Kucherov supplying the game-winner at 3:28 of OT...The Bolts were 4-1 winners the last time Detroit visited AMALIE Arena, a game which saw Ben Bishop start in net but leave at 12:14 of the first period with a lower-body injury and Andrei Vasilevskiy make 22-of-23 saves in relief to earn the win...The Lightning scored a 4-3 win in Detroit Nov. 15 with Nikita Kucherov providing the game-winner with 1:10 to go in regulation...Tampa Bay started the 2016-17 season with a 6-4 win over Detroit at AMALIE Arena on Opening Night, the Lightning scoring a season-high three power-play goals in the win...The Lightning have won six straight in the regular season over Detroit and are 18-28-1 with two ties all-time in the regular season versus the Red Wings...Tampa Bay has won eight in a row at home in the regular season over Detroit and hasn't lost at home to the Red Wings in the regular season since a 6-2 defeat on Feb. 17, 2011...The Bolts are 12-11-1 with one tie all-time at home in the regular season against Detroit.

LIGHTNING-RED WINGS STORYLINES

The Lightning enter tonight's game three points behind Boston but with a game in hand for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference and four points behind Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division...Since Feb. 4, the Lightning are 15-5-3 and own the third-best point percentage in the NHL over that stretch at .717, trailing only Chicago (.783) and Calgary (.750)...Tampa Bay scored two powerplay goals on Monday -- the 15th time this season the Bolts have scored multiple power-play goals in a game -- and leads the NHL for power-play goals (58).

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 238

Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 34 Games

Jason Garrison - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 24) 2 Games

Tyler Johnson - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 9) 9 Games

Cedric Paquette - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED MARCH 9) 9 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 58 Games

TRANSACTIONS

March 28 - Re-assigned F Joel Vermin to AHL Syracuse

March 24 - Re-assigned D Slater Koekkoek to AHL Syracuse

March 24 - Recalled D Slater Koekkeok from AHL Syracuse

March 20 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov tallied two assists March 27 vs. CHI to extend his point streak to five games...Kucherov can match a Lightning season high for consecutive games scoring with a point tonight...Kucherov has recorded seven goals and four assists over his last five games...Kucherov tallied his 21st and 22nd points of March on Monday to set a Lightning franchise record for most points (12-10--22) in a single month according to the Elias Sports Bureau, passing Steven Stamkos (12-9--21 in November 2010)...Per Elias, Kucherov's 12 goals in March are tied for second most by a Lightning player in a single month and just one goal behind Martin St. Louis (13 goals in January 2004)...Since February 21, Kucherov has recorded 17 goals and 14 assists over 17 games and leads the NHL for scoring over that span.

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