LIGHTNING (1-1-1) at MAPLE LEAFS (2-1-1)
7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNO, SUN, NHL.TV
Brayden Point will make his season debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.
The 23-year-old center, who had an NHL career-high 92 points (41 goals, 51 assists) in 79 games last season, missed the Lightning's first three games recovering from offseason hip surgery. He is two points from from 200 in the NHL.
Goalie Frederik Andersen will make his fourth start of the season for the Maple Leafs, who are 0-1-1 since winning two straight to start the season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy will start in goal for the Lightning after backing up Curtis McElhinney in a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
Players to watch
Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has scored in each of his past two games. He has 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists) in 39 career games against the Maple Leafs.
Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has four points (two goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. He did not score his second goal last season until his 24th game.
They said it
"It's a lot of skating. They're a good skating team so it'll test the wind and test the legs early. I'm just looking to try to play simple and contribute in whatever way I can." -- Lightning forward Brayden Point
"It'll be interesting to see how they are. They're good players. (Tampa Bay forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov) can really shoot it. I'm not sure there's going to be enough puck to go around, we'll find out. They've got good depth in Tampa. I don't think anybody is surprised by that." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on the Lightning's top line of Brayden Point, Stamkos and Kucherov
Lightning projected lineup
Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat -- Anthony Cirelli -- Alex Killorn
Mathieu Joseph -- Tyler Johnson -- Yanni Gourde
Pat Maroon -- Carter Verhaeghe -- Luke Witkowski
Victor Hedman -- Braydon Coburn
Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Scratched: Jan Rutta
Injured: Cedric Paquette (upper body)
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Kasperi Kapanen -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner
Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Trevor Moore
Nic Petan -- Jason Spezza -- Frederik Gauthier
Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie
Rasmus Sandin -- Justin Holl
Scratched: Nicholas Shore, Dmytro Timashov, Martin Marincin
Injured: Zach Hyman (ACL), Travis Dermott (shoulder)
Each team had an optional morning skate. … The Maple Leafs will use the same lineup as they did for their 3-2 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Monday.
Shattenkirk has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak. … Hedman, who will play in his 700th NHL game, has three assists during a three-game point streak. … Ceci has three points (one goal, two assists) during a three-game point streak.