The Lightning look to extend their season-high point streak to seven games when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at AMALIE Arena.
Lines are from Tuesday's morning skate, and subject to change.
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
Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin
Jason Garrison - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr
Ben Bishop expected to start
The Lightning and the Oilers are playing their second of two meetings this season...Edmonton earned a 3-2 home shootout win in the Bolts' first ever visit to Rogers Place on Dec. 17...Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Johnson each had a goal for Tampa Bay in the defeat, and Drouin was the only Bolt out of three to convert in the shootout...Connor McDavid netted the decisive goal in the shootout for the Oilers...The Lightning have won four straight at home over Edmonton, outscoring the Oilers 16-10 over that stretch...The Bolts have won six of their last seven at home over Edmonton and are 8-6-1 with two ties all-time at home versus the Oilers...Tampa Bay is hoping to avoid its first two-game regular season sweep to the Oilers since the 2001-02 season...The Lightning are 13-16-3 with two ties alltime overall against Edmonton.
Tampa Bay can earn a point in seven-consecutive games for the first time since going on a nine-game win streak last season from Feb. 18-March 5, 2016...The Lightning are playing their third game in four days against Edmonton...Tonight's game is the seventh in a stretch of eight-straight games against Western Conference opponents for the Bolts...
2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 179
Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS) 17 Games
Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 41 Games
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
HED OF THE CLASS
Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman recorded an assist Feb. 19 at COL for his sixth point over his last three games (3 goals, 3 assists), matching his season high for points over a three-game stretch (also: Dec. 14-17 - goal, 5 assists)...Hedman ranks tied for fifth in the NHL for assists (38) and is second among league defensemen...Hedman needs four more assists to match his career high for assists in a season set in 2013-14 (42 assists)...Hedman ranks second on the Lightning for scoring and third among NHL defensemen.
Hedman (524 career hits) can become the Lightning all-time hits leader for a defenseman, passing Eric Brewer (526), and move into fourth place overall in Bolts franchise history with three more hits...Hedman ranks tied for fifth in the NHL for power-play assists (17), and since Dec. 1, Hedman is tied with Erik Karlsson for most power-play assists (13)...Since Dec. 1, Hedman ranks tied for fourth in the league for power-play points (1-13--14)...Hedman ranks tied for first in the NHL for power-play points by a defenseman.
Hedman leads the Lightning for assists, power-play points, power-play assists, average time on ice (24:20) and blocked shots (94) and ranks second for scoring behind Nikita Kucherov (21-28--49).
Lightning rookie forward Brayden Point netted his eight goal of the season Feb. 19 at COL...Point is currently on a season-long fourgame point streak and has three goals and two assists over his last five games...Point has scored five goals in his last eight games since returning from injury (missed 14 games from Dec. 29 to Jan. 26) after scoring three goals in his first 36 games of the season...Point's eight goals are the most by a Lightning rookie since Cedric Paquette netted 12 during the 2014-15 season...Point ranks tied for 17th among NHL rookies for scoring (8-14--21)...Point's 21 points are the most by a Bolts rookie since Jonathan Drouin put up 4-28--32 in 2014-15.