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The Ducks host the Lightning for the first time this season.

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Game #47

Anaheim Ducks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Tuesday, January 17thth, 2016 7:00 PM PST

Honda Center

TV: PRIME

Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com

Your Enemy: Raw Charge

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The Ducks continue their home stand tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning have given the Ducks some issues in the past with the Bolts owning a 4-1-1 record against Anaheim over the past 3 seasons.

The Lightning, however, have been dealing with a multitude of issues this season including injuries to Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman (who likely will miss tonight's game), and Ben Bishop. As such, they find themselves in the bottom 3rd of the standings in the Atlantic Division.

The Ducks will attempt to start up a new win-streak tonight coming off another loss in overtime against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. The Ducks have picked up points in 11 of their previous 12 games and are sitting 3rd in the Western Conference.

This is largely due to the much improved defensive play and goaltending in recent games. Anaheim is 18th in GF/G, so head coach Randy Carlyle will be looking for more offense throughout his lineup in order to keep their spot at the top of the division.

John Gibson will get start for the Ducks, as expected with his recent stellar play.

Andrei Vasilevskiy will make his career debut against the Ducks after Ben Bishop put up a gem last night against the Kings in a 2-1 victory for Tampa Bay.

Stat Pack

Anaheim Ducks VERSUS Tampa Bay Lightning
24-13-9 Record 21-20-4
1st Pacific, 8th NHL Standings 6th Atlantic, 22nd NHL
2.63 GF/GP 2.73
2.50 GA/GP 2.91
21.4% (10th) PP 23.3% (4th)
82.7% (11th) PK 80.3% (20th)
Leaders STAT Leaders
Rakell, Kesler (18) Goals Nikita Kucherov (14)
Ryan Getzlaf (28) Assists Victor Hedman (31)
Ryan Kesler (37) Points Nikita Kucherov (41)
Ryan Kesler (7) PP Drouin, Kucherov (6)
Andrew Cogliano (2) SH Killorn, Brown (1)
Cam Fowler (24:44), Ryan Kesler (21:51) TOI/GP (D&F) Victor Hedman (24:29), Tyler Johnson (18:46)
Hampus Lindholm (54.84), Andrew Cogliano (54.84) SAT% 5on5 (D&F) Nikita Nesterov (54.91), Brian Boyle (54.42)
John Gibson GOALIES Andrei Vasilevskiy
17-10-8 Record 10-10-2
.920 SV% .906
2.33 GAA 2.93


Projected Lines

Anaheim:

Rakell-Getzlaf-Perry

Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg

Ritchie-Vermette-Kase

Cramarossa-Shaw-Boll

Fowler-Vatanen

Lindholm-Manson

Holzer-Bieksa

Gibson

Bernier

Tampa Bay:

Palat-Namestnikov-Kucherov

Killorn-Johnson-Condra

Boyle-Filppula-Drouin

Bournival-Paquette-Dumont

Nesterov-Stralman

Garrison-Sustr

Coburn-Witkowski

Vasilevskiy

Bishop


Numbers For Nerds

John Gibson is finally proving just how good he can be and is starting to silence is doubters. The 23 year old currently leads the NHL in GAA (1.67), SV% (.946), and is tied for wins (6) since Christmas. It's likely that Gibson continues his success tonight against a struggling Tampa Bay team that played a heavy, physical game last night against the Kings.

Poll

How many goals will the Ducks score tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    1
    (3 votes)
  • 14%
    3
    (1 vote)
  • 14%
    5
    (1 vote)
  • 28%
    0 Everything is bad nothing is sacred
    (2 votes)
7 votes total Vote Now