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Lightning vs. Kings: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay caps its homestand with a meeting against the Kings on Tuesday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Before heading on the road for a four-game trip, the Lightning cap their homestand with their last of two meetings against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at AMALIE Arena.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Saturday's game against Anaheim, and are subject to change.

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Brayden Point - Jonathan Drouin

Brian Boyle - Valtteri Filppula - Joel Vermin

Gabriel Dumont - Cedric Paquette - J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Braydon Coburn - Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Ben Bishop or Andrei Vasilevskiy

TUESDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Kings are playing their second of two meetings this season...The Bolts scored a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles 22 days ago at the Staples Center, rallying from a one-goal deficit in the process...Tyler Johnson scored the game-tying goal at 14:33 of the first period, and Brian Boyle netted the game-winner at 18:47 of the second...Ben Bishop made 31-of-32 saves in his second game back after missing nine games with a lower-body injury...Tampa Bay is attempting to sweep the season series from Los Angeles for the first time since 2008-09 (the Bolts and Kings played just once that season)...The Lightning have won two of their last three at home versus the Kings and are 8-6-2 all-time at home against Los Angeles...The Bolts have split their last four meetings overall versus the Kings and are 19-11-2 with two ties all-time against Los Angeles.

LIGHTNING-KINGS STORYLINES

The Lightning are playing the final game of a four-game home stand...Anton Stralman will play in his 200th career game as a member of the Lightning tonight provided he's in the lineup...The Bolts have lost 10-straight games (0-7-3) when allowing a power-play goal...Brian Boyle has scored a goal in two-straight games versus the Kings, the team that drafted him with the 26th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 164

Michael Bournival - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED JAN. 26) 4 Games

Ryan Callahan - Lower-body injury (INJURED JAN. 7; ANNOUNCED JAN. 15 EXPECTED TO MISS APPROXIMATELY 4 WEEKS) 12 Games

Ondrej Palat - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED FEB. 2) 1 Game

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 36 Games

TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 4 - Recalled F Joel Vermin from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 30 - Recalled D Jake Dotchin from AHL Syracuse

Jan. 28 - Re-assigned D Jake Dotchin to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 27 - Re-assigned F Erik Condra to AHL Syracuse

Jan. 26 - Acquired D Jonathan Racine and a 2017 6th round draft pick from Montreal in exchange for D Nikita Nesterov

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Tampa Bay right wing Nikita Kucherov picked up two assists Feb. 4 vs. ANA for his team-leading 11th multi-point game of the season and first since Jan. 3 vs. WPG (2 goals, assist)...Kucherov has recorded 44 multi-point games over his four-year NHL career...Kucherov has points in four of his last five games (2 goals, 3 assists)...Kucherov has notched three assists over his last two games...Kucherov continues to pace the Lightning for scoring (19-28--47) and ranks tied for 15th in the NHL...Kucherov also paces the Bolts for goals and ranks tied for 22nd in the league...Kucherov ranks second on the Bolts for plus-minus (+5) behind Brian Boyle (+7), and since the start of the 2014-15 season, Kucherov is +52, ranking fifth in the NHL for plus-minus over that span. Kucherov has yet to go more than two consecutive games this season without recording a point...Kucherov has yet to score a goal against a Pacific Division team in seven games this season...Kucherov ranks ninth in the league for power-play shots (48).

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT

Lightning center Tyler Johnson picked up his 17th assist of the season Feb. 4 vs. ANA to extend his point streak to three games (goal, 3 assists)...Johnson has recorded points in five of his last six games (3 goals, 4 assists)...Johnson ranks third on the Bolts for scoring (16-17--33) and tied for second for goals...Johnson leads the Bolts for shooting percentage (16%) and ranks 30th in the league...Johnson has scored a goal in three of his last four games against Los Angeles.

MILESTONES

  • Anton Stralman can reach 200 career points with his next point
  • Tyler Johnson is one point away from 200 career points

NOTEWORTHY

Tampa Bay won on Feb. 4 vs. ANA for just the third time this season when scoring less than three goals, improving to 3-18-5 this season and 14-45-7 over the last two seasons when scoring less than three goals (the Bolts are 20-6-1 this season and 55-9-4 over the last two seasons when netting three or more goals...The Lightning have yet to score a shorthanded goal at home this season as both of their shorthanded tallies have come on the road...AMALIE Arena has sold out 91-consecutive games (includes playoffs) dating back to the 2014-15 season.

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