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Lightning vs. Islanders: Projected lines, injuries

Tampa Bay returns home to face the Islanders in their second of three meetings this season.

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning face the New York Islanders on Thursday night at 7:30 at AMALIE Arena.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Wednesday's practice at AMALIE Arena. The team had an optional morning skate session on Thursday.

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Ryan Callahan

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point

Brian Boyle - Cedric Paquette - J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Nikita Nesterov - Victor Hedman

Jason Garrison - Andrej Sustr

Slater Koekkoek - Braydon Coburn

Goalie

Andrei Vasilevskiy

THURSDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning are playing their second of three games against the New York Islanders and the only meeting with the Islanders at AMALIE Arena tonight...The Lightning and Islanders play all three of their regular-season matchups within a 14-day window (the teams close the regular-season series Nov. 14 in Brooklyn)...Tampa Bay scored a 6-1 victory over New York in the teams' previous meeting this season (Nov. 1) at Barclays Center...Nine Lightning players got on the score sheet and five -- Nikita Kucherov (2 goals, 2 assists), Steven Stamkos (goal, assist), Valtteri Filppula (goal, assist), Slater Koekkoek (2 assists) and Victor Hedman (2 assists) -- recorded multiple points...Nikita Kucherov matched a career-high set earlier in the season (Oct. 25 at TOR) with four points in that Bolts' victory...The Lightning have gone a combined 5-2-1 at home against the Islanders since the start of the 2011-12 season...The Bolts were 1-2-0 against New York in the 2015-16 regular season but defeated the Islanders in five games, winning four straight after dropping Game 1, in the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs...Tampa Bay is 25-15-4 with two ties all-time at home versus the Islanders...The Lightning are 44-39-6 with three ties all-time overall against the Islanders.

LIGHTNING-ISLANDERS STORYLINES

The Lightning have two players in the top 10 in the NHL for scoring in Nikita Kucherov (tied for fifth with 15 points) and StevenStamkos (tied for 10th with 14 points), which is tied with Winnipeg, Chicago and Philadelphia for most players in the league's top 10 forscoring...The Lightning have scored 13 power-play goals in 2016-17, second most in the NHL...The Bolts 25.5% power-play conversionrate is fifth best in the league...Tampa Bay's 26.1% home power-play conversion rate ranks eighth in the NHL...The Bolts' penalty kill isseventh in the league at 87.8%...Tampa Bay owns a plus-8 power-play goal differential, the best differential the Bolts have had all-timethrough 13 games (second: plus-7 in 2010-11)...Steven Stamkos has recorded 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 26 career regularseason games against the Islanders...Stamkos, Braydon Coburn and Anton Stralman are all a team-high plus-10 for their career versus New York.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 13

Current injuries

Jonathan Drouin - Upper-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED NOV. 1) 3 Games
Valtteri Filppula - Lower-body injury (DAY-TO-DAY; INJURED NOV. 7) 1 Game

TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 8 - Re-assigned F Cory Conacher to AHL Syracuse
Nov. 6 - Recalled F Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse
Oct. 31 - Recalled D Slater Koekkoek from AHL Syracuse
Oct. 31 - Re-assigned D Matt Taormina to AHL Syracuse

STAMMER TIME

Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos saw his four-game point streak come to an end Nov. 7 at FLA but remains tied for 10th in the NHL for scoring (7-7--14)...Stamkos is tied for sixth in the league for goals...Since entering the league in 2008-09, Stamkos has scored more goals (319) than anybody in the NHL except WSH's Alex Ovechkin (369).
Stamkos has recorded a point in nine of 12 games this season and, going back to last season, has notched at least a point in 15 of the last 22 games he's played in (14 goals, 11 assists)...Stamkos ranks ninth in the NHL for shots (49)...Stamkos ranks first in the league for shooting percentage (14.3%) for players with 45 or more shots...Stamkos paces all Lightning forwards for average time on ice(19:01) and ranks 38th among league forwards.

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