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Lightning vs. Capitals: Projected lines, storylines, injuries

Tampa Bay hopes for a better performance in Game 2 vs. the Caps

by Bryan Burns /

The Bolts find themselves in a familiar position after a 4-2 Game 1 loss to the Capitals on Friday.

Tampa Bay also dropped the first game of its Second Round series vs. the Bruins, but follwed it up with four straight wins to close out Boston in five games. The Lightning will look to start a similar turnaround when the host the Caps in Game 2 on Sunday.

Lines from Friday's game. Subject to change.

J.T. Miller - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Louis Domingue or Peter Budaj

Sunday's Matchup
The Lightning will try to level their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final playoff series with Washington 1-1 with a victory tonight...The Bolts haven't gone down 0-2 in a playoff series since the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal (eight consecutive series since without falling into a 0-2 hole)...The Lightning have only gone down 0-2 in three out of 22 all-time playoff series...Tampa Bay is 7-6 all-time in playoff series when losing the opening game...The Lightning fell to 2-2-0 against Washington this season (reg. season and playoffs), including a 1-1-0 record at home... Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak vs. WSH to eight games (6-4--10) following his assist in Game 1... Anton Stralman has recorded at least one assist in three of his last four games vs. WSH (4 assists total).

Sunday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is 15-7 all-time in Game 2s and 8-4 in Game 2s at AMALIE Arena...The Lightning have won eight of their last nine Game 2s dating back to the start of the 2015 postseason...Tampa Bay is 10-3 all-time in Game 2s after losing Game 1... The Lightning are 1-3 all- time in Eastern Conference Final Game 2s...The Bolts own an all-time playoff record of 70-57, including a 35-30 record at home and 34-28 record at AMALIE Arena...The Bolts are 33-25 in the postseason under Jon Cooper...Tampa Bay is 14-8 all-time in playoff series and 10-2 in playoff series when holding home-ice advantage (the Lightning's last playoff loss when holding home-ice advantage was the 2015 Stanley Cup Final vs. Chicago)...The Lightning enter Game 2 with 1,352 games of postseason experience on the roster... Chris Kunitz has played in more playoff games (172) than any NHL player remaining in the 2018 playoffs and is looking for his third-straight Stanley Cup and fifth overall...Kunitz is the only current member of the Lightning to win a Stanley Cup...Kunitz ranks tied for 44th in the NHL all-time for playoff games...Tampa Bay ranks third in the NHL for most playoff games (54) since the start of the 2015 postseason behind only Pittsburgh (66) and Nashville (55)...The Lightning rank second in the NHL for most playoff wins (33) since the start of the 2015 postseason behind only Pittsburgh (39)...The Bolts set franchise records for wins (54), road wins (25), points (113), road points (53), goals (290), home goals (145) and road goals (145) during the 2017-18 regular season...The Lightning won their third division title in 2017-18 (also: Southeast Division titles in 2002-03 & 2003-04) and finished as the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference for the second time in franchise history (also: 2003-04).

2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 132
2018 Playoff Man Games Lost: 12
Current injuries
Adam Erne - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured March 26) - 16 games (10 playoff games)

April 19 - Signed F Michael Bournival to a 1-year, 2-way contract
April 19 - Signed F Otto Somppi to a 3-year, entry-level contract
April 19 - Re-assigned F Matthew Peca to AHL Syracuse

Stammer Time
Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos netted a power-play goal in Game 1 vs. WSH for his third goal in the last four games...Stamkos has scored four goals during the 2018 playoffs, three of them coming on the power play...Stamkos ranks tied for fourth in the NHL in these playoffs for power-play markers...Stamkos ranks tied for fifth in the League for power-play points (3-4--7) this postseason...With his power-play goal in Game 1, Stamkos moved into a tie for third among the Lightning's all-time playoff power-play goal leaders.

Stamkos extended his playoff scoring streak to four games (3-2--5) in Game 1 vs. WSH and, with a point in Game 2, can match his career high for a playoff scoring streak set twice previously, including once during these playoffs (1-5--6 over five contests from Games 1-5 in 1st Rd. vs. NJD).

Hed of the Class
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman tallied an assist in Game 1 vs. WSH to extend his career-long scoring/assist streak (reg. season or playoffs) to six games (0-7--7)...Hedman is tied with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov for the Lightning lead for assists this postseason...Hedman ranks tied for fifth among NHL defensemen for assists in the 2018 playoffs...Hedman ranks tied for eighth among League blueliners for scoring this postseason...For the second-consecutive season, Hedman is a finalist for the Norris Trophy, joining LAK's Drew Doughty and NSH's P.K. Subban this year.

Johnny on the Spot
Lightning forward Tyler Johnson tallied his third assist and sixth point of the 2018 playoffs in Game 1 vs. WSH...Johnson recorded his 48th career playoff point and moved past Brad Richards into sole possession of fourth place among Tampa Bay's all-time playoff scoring leaders.

Putting Up Palat of Points
Bolts left winger Ondrej Palat scored a goal in Game 1 vs. WSH, giving him five goals in these playoffs, second-most on the Lightning...Palat has netted four goals in his last five games...Since April 30, Palat ranks tied for first in the NHL for goals (4) with WPG's Paul Stastny...After netting his 19th career playoff goal on Friday, Palat pulled into a tie with current teammates Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos for fifth-most goals in Lightning playoff history.

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