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If the Ducks' blueline can contain the league's top offense, they can contain any offense, right? Let's find out!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Next Game

Tampa Bay Lightning
@ Anaheim Ducks

Wednesday, February 18th, 7:00 PM PST
Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

TV: Prime
Radio: AM 830

Your Enemy: Raw Charge

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Numbers for Nerds: Yesterday, PensBurgh (SBN's Pittsburgh Penguins page, as you may have guessed) published a pretty interesting piece that breaks down the depth scoring of each and every team in the NHL. If you want, you can check it out in its entirety here, but for the sake of this matchup, here is what things look like for Anaheim and Tampa Bay. Like any other pie chart, the size of the segments represents the percentage of total 5v5 goals each line is responsible for, and the numbers within shows the amount of 5v5 goals each line has scored, averaged throughout 50 games this season. As we are well aware, these trios aren't 100% consistent from night to night, and in that case, players have been distributed by the most time they spend on a particular line (still weird to see Etem's name on line 2, though).

Anaheim Depth Scoring
Tampa Bay Depth Scoring

Team Records

Ducks: 35-15-7, 77 points, 1st in Pacific, 3rd in West
Lightning: 35-18-6, 76 points, 2nd in Atlantic, 3rd in East
Season Series: Lightning lead 1-0-0 (5-3)

Ducks Leaders

Ryan GetzlafCorey PerryRyan KeslerSami Vatanen

leads defensemen (12-22-34)

Francois BeaucheminHampus Lindholm

(21:58), Sami Vatanen (21:40), Ryan Getzlaf leads forwards (20:15)

Patrick MaroonMatt BeleskeyBen Lovejoy
Anaheim FF 2-18-15

Possession numbers via naturalstattrick.com, chart via war-on-ice.com

Lightning Leaders

Tyler JohnsonSteven StamkosNikita KucherovVictor Hedman

leads defensemen (7-19-26)

Anton Stralman

(22:10), Matt Carle (20:35), Steven Stamkos leads forwards (19:34)

Brett ConnollyCedric Paquette
Tampa Bay FF 2-18-15

Possession numbers via naturalstattrick.com, chart via war-on-ice.com

Goalies

John Gibson

(3-3-0), .912 save percentage, 29.3 shots against/game

Ben Bishop

(28-10-3), .911 save percentage, 25.7 shots against/game

Power Play

Ducks: 17.9%, 16th in NHL, Sami Vatanen leads with 7 power play goals
Lightning: 17.2%, 23rd in NHL, Steven Stamkos has 8 goals on the man advantage

Penalty Kill

Andrew Cogliano

has 2 shorties on the season

Brian Boyle

and Cedric Paquette have 2 shorthanded tallies each