LIGHTNING (35-15-5) at BLUE JACKETS (30-17-9)
7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV
Steven Stamkos has an undisclosed injury and will not play when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday. It's the first time the Lightning are in Columbus since the Blue Jackets swept their Eastern Conference First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Stamkos, who was injured in a 3-1 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday, could return Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, coach Jon Cooper said.
The Blue Jackets will be without defenseman Seth Jones and forward Cam Atkinson against the Lightning, who've won six in a row, are on an eight-game point streak (7-0-1) and are 18-2-1 in the past 21 games.
Jones was placed on injured reserve Monday with an ankle injury sustained in a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Atkinson sustained a lower-body injury in the same game and there is no timetable for his return.
Forward Liam Foudy was recalled from London of the Ontario Hockey League on an emergency basis Monday and will make his NHL debut for the Blue Jackets, who are 9-1-1 in their past 11 games.
Players to watch
Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in a 10-game point streak.
Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins, the NHL No. 1 Star for the week ending Feb. 9, is 8-1-0 with 1.12 goals-against average, a .962 save percentage and five shutouts in his past nine games.
They said it
"He's a leader on this team and one of the top goal scorers in the League, so it's not easy losing a guy like that." -- Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn on Steven Stamkos
"I've got to get used to the pace of play and use my speed and try to have an impact on the game and play my game that got me here." -- Blue Jackets forward Liam Foudy
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson
Mathieu Joseph -- Cedric Paquette -- Pat Maroon
Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Yanni Gourde
Victor Hedman -- Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn -- Luke Schenn
Scratched: Cameron Gaunce
Injured: Jan Rutta (lower body), Ryan McDonagh (lower body), Steven Stamkos (undisclosed)
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Nick Foligno -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Gustav Nyquist -- Boone Jenner - Liam Foudy
Sonny Milano -- Kevin Stenlund -- Emil Bemstrom
Eric Robinson -- Riley Nash -- Nathan Gerbe
Zach Werenski -- Markus Nutivaara
Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard
Scott Harrington -- Andrew Peeke
Scratched: Gabriel Carlsson
Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Josh Anderson (shoulder), Ryan Murray (lower body), Alexandre Texier (back), Dean Kukan (knee), Alexander Wennberg (upper body), Joonas Korpisalo (knee), Seth Jones (ankle), Cam Atkinson (lower body)
Joseph was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday … Carlsson, a defenseman, was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL on Monday.
Point has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a six-game point streak. … Maroon will play his 500th NHL game.