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Start strong or start pouring yourself a drink

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It's gametime yet again for the Anaheim Ducks. With a defense missing Cam Fowler and Kevin Bieksa but expecting the return of Sami Vatanen, the Ducks will try to stifle the most potent offense in the league in their own building.

Let's do this thing.

Stat Pack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
4-4-1 (9 points) Record 9-1-1 (19 points)
6th in Pacific, 12th in West, 21st in NHL Standings 1st in Atlantic, 1st in East, 1st in NHL
3.00 GF/GP 4.00
3.22 GA/GP 2.36
6.5% Power Play 31.1%
84.1% Penalty Kill 82.6%
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Rickard Rakell, Brandon Montour, Ondrej Kase, Andrew Cogliano (3G) Goals Nikita Kucherov (12G)
Jakob Silfverberg, Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano, Josh Manson (4A) Assists Steven Stamkos (17A)
Andrew Cogliano (7P) Points Steven Stamkos (21P)
Nick Ritchie, Derek Grant (!) (1PPG) PPG Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos (3PPG)
Cam Fowler, Brandon Montour, Chris Wagner (1SHG) SH Tyler Johnson (1SHG)
Cam Fowler (22:43), Ryan Getzlaf (21:43) TOI/GP (D&F) Viktor Hedman (25:24); Nikita Kucherov(19:54)
Kalle Kossila (66.67) , Hampus Lindholm (55.56) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Steven Stamkos(54.49) , Slater Koekkoek (54.41)
John Gibson GOALIES Andrei Vasilevskiy
4-3-1 Record 9-1-0
.916 Save % .936
31.78 SA/GP 34.50

Projected Lineups

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Antoine Vermette - Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie - Derek Grant - Ondrej Kase

Chris Wagner - Dennis Rasmussen - Logan Shaw

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin - Brandon Montour

Jaycob Megna - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Tampa Bay Lightning

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson

Chris Kunitz - J.T. Brown - Ryan Callahan

Jake Dotchin - Victor Hedman

Anton Stralman - Mikhail Sergachev

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi (Andrej Sustr)

Peter Budaj

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Numbers for Nerds

Both Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov of Tampa Bay have recorded at least one point in each of the first 11 games. Yikes.