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Lightning vs. Capitals: Projected lines, storylines, injuries

The Bolts need a strong effort in Game 3 to swing momentum in the Eastern Conference Final

by Bryan Burns /

The Lightning face a 2-0 deficit in its Eastern Conference Final series against the Washington Capitals after dropping Games 1 and 2 at AMALIE Arena. 

The series now shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay went 1-1-0 in its two trips to Capital One Arena during the regular season. 

Lines from Tuesday's morning skate. 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 expected to start

Tuesday's Matchup
The Lightning will try to win their first game in the Conference Final series when they take on Washington in Game 3 as the series shifts to Capital One Arena...Tampa Bay is 3-1 on the road this postseason, winning its last three straight...The Lightning own the secondbest road win percentage (.750) in the 2018 playoffs (first: WSH -.875) ...Tampa Bay is down 0-2 in a playoff series for the fourth time overall and first time since the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal...The Lightning have come back to win a series once previously after falling behind 0-2, that coming in the 2003 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when they rallied to win four straight against the Washington Capitals after dropping the first two games at home and earning the first playoff series victory in franchise history...The Bolts are 1-3 all-time in playoff series when falling behind 0-2...The Lightning fell to 2-3-0 against Washington this season (reg. season and playoffs)...The Bolts are 1-1-0 versus the Capitals in D.C. this season...Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak vs. WSH to nine games (6-5--11) following his assist in Game 1...Brayden Point has scored four goals in his last five games vs. WSH and has recorded 4-4--8 over his last six games vs. the Caps...Victor Hedman has tallied an assist in three of his last four games vs. WSH (3 total)...Steven Stamkos has scored a goal in two-consecutive games vs. WSH.

Tuesday's Storylines
Tampa Bay is 13-9 all-time in Game 3s and 7-5 all-time in Game 3s on the road...The Lightning are 2-1 all-time in Game 3s when entering in a 0-2 hole...The Bolts are 2-2 all-time in Eastern Conference Final Game 3s...The Lightning are 5-5 in Game 3s under head coach Jon Cooper...The Bolts own an all-time playoff record of 70-58, including a 35-27 mark on the road...The Lightning are 33-26 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 3 with 1,371 games of postseason experience on the roster...Chris Kunitz has played in more playoff games (173) 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 43rd in the NHL all-time for playoff games...Tampa Bay ranks tied for second in the NHL for most playoff games (55) since the start of the 2015 postseason tied with Nashville and behind only Pittsburgh (66)...The Lightning rank second in the NHL for most playoff wins (33) since the start of the 2015 postseason behind 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: 14
Current injuries
Adam Erne - Lower body (out indefinitely; injured March 26) - 18 games (12 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

Hed of the Class
Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman tallied a power-play assist in Game 2 vs. WSH to extend his assist/point streak to seven games...Hedman's seven-game point streak (0-8-8) is a new Lightning record for consecutive games scoring in the postseason, eclipsing the mark set by Martin St. Louis in 2004 (4-7-11 in 6 games)...Hedman is the second defenseman in as many postseasons to record a point streak of at least seven games (Nashville's Ryan Ellis: 4-5-9 in 7 GP)...The last defenseman to post a point streak longer than seven games was Larry Murphy in 1995 with Pittsburgh (2-13-15 in 9 GP)...Hedman has recorded at least one assist in seven-straight games, extended the longest playoff assist streak in Lightning history...Hedman is tied for the Lightning lead for assists this postseason (8) with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov and ranks tied for fourth among NHL blueliners for assists in these playoffs ...Hedman ranks tied for sixth for scoring among League blueliners 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.

Stammer Time
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos netted a power-play goal and added a power-play assist in Game 2 vs. WSH to extend his point streak to five games, matching a career long for the postseason set twice previously, including once already this postseason from Games 1-5 of the First Rd. series vs. NJD...Stamkos recorded his third multi-point game of these playoffs in Game 2 and the 13th of his playoff career...Stamkos' goal in Game 2 was his fifth of this postseason and second in two games and fourth in five games...With his power-play marker, Stamkos (9 career playoff PPGs) moved into a tie with Brad Richards for second-most playoff power-play goals all-time in Lightning history.

With his power-play assist in Game 2, Stamkos passed Martin St. Louis and became Tampa Bay's all-time playoff power-play assist leader.

With two power-play points in Game 2, Stamkos moved into a tie with Martin St. Louis for the most power-play points in Lightning playoff history.

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