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Lightning vs. Rangers: Projected lines; injuries

Tampa Bay returns home on Monday night to face the Rangers at AMALIE Arena

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Coming off a dramatic shootout victory at Buffalo, the Lightning return to AMALIE Arena for a clash with the New York Rangers on Monday night at 7:30.

PROJECTED LINES

Lines are from Saturday's game at Buffalo, and subject to change.

Forwards

Ondrej Palat -- Tyler Johnson -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Brayden Point -- Jonathan Drouin

Adam Erne -- Cedric Paquette -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Greg McKegg -- Gabriel Dumont -- J.T. Brown

Defensemen

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Jason Garrison -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Andrej Sustr

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy expected to start

MONDAY'S MATCHUP

The Lightning and the Rangers are playing their second of three meetings this season and their only meeting at AMALIE Arena...New York defeated Tampa Bay 6-1 in their previous matchup on Oct. 30, the Rangers scoring six-straight goals before the Lightning finally netted a goal at 16:36 of the third period on Steven Stamkos' power-play marker...The five-goal defeat is tied for the Bolts' worst loss of the season, and the six goals given up by the Lightning is tied for the most they've allowed this season...Tampa Bay is 6-4-0 against New York over its last 10 meetings dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season...The Lightning are 42-42-4 with five ties all-time overall in the regular season against the Rangers...The Bolts have won three of their last five at AMALIE Arena over the Rangers...The Lightning are 22-18-2 with three ties all-time in the regular season at home versus New York.

LIGHTNING-RANGERS STORYLINES

The Lightning conclude a stretch of five-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents tonight...The Lightning are playing the final game in a stretch of three games in four days...Since Feb. 3, Tampa Bay owns the fourth-best points percentage in the NHL (.750) behind only Chicago (.917), Washington (.808) and Calgary (.773)...Entering Monday's game, the Lightning trail the New York Islanders by three points for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference (the Isles have a game in hand) and trail Boston by six points with a game in hand for third place in the Atlantic Division...Since Feb. 27, Andrei Vasilevskiy is tied for the league lead for wins (3) and owns a .951 save percentage and 1.61 goals-against average.

INJURIES

2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 192

Ryan Callahan - Follow up surgical procedure on right hip (OUT INDEFINITELY; INJURED JAN. 7) 23 Games

Steven Stamkos - Lateral meniscus tear in right knee (OUT APPROXIMATELY 4 MONTHS; INJURED NOV. 15) 47 Games

TRANSACTIONS

March 1 - Acquired a 4th round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for D Mark Streit

March 1 - Acquired D Mark Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for F Valtteri Filppula, a 4th round pick and a 7th round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft

Feb. 28 - Re-assigned F Yanni Gourde to AHL Syracuse

Feb. 27 - Acquired F Byron Froese and a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for F Brian Boyle

Feb. 27 - Claimed F Greg McKegg off waivers from the Florida Panthers

Feb. 27 - Recalled F Yanni Gourde from AHL Syracuse

Feb. 27 - Recalled F Adam Erne from AHL Syracuse

Feb. 26 - Acquired G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, a 7th round pick and a conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for G Ben Bishop and a 5th round pick in 2017 Draft

POWER UP

The Lightning failed to connect on two power plays March 4 at BUF, ending a stretch of four-straight games with a power-play goal, but continues to rank near the top of the league on the special teams unit, placing third in the NHL at 22.7% behind only Buffalo (22.9%) and Toronto (22.9%)...The Bolts already have more power-play goals this season than they've recorded in four of the last five seasons (only 2014-15 when they netted 52 did they score more)...Tampa Bay has scored more power-play goals than any other team in the league (50)...The Lightning rank third in the NHL for power-play opportunities at 220.

IN THE NIK OF TIME

Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to six games with an assist March 4 at BUF, tying a Lightning season high set previously by Tyler Johnson Nov. 15-25...Kucherov has seven goals and seven assists over his last six games...Kucherov saw his career high and Lightning season best goal streak come to an end at five games in Buffalo...Kucherov leads Tampa Bay for goals (28) and ranks tied for ninth in the NHL...Kucherov trails Chris Gratton by two goals for eighth place among the Bolts' all-time goal scorers. 

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