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The Lightning have had some uncharacteristic struggles this season.

NHL: NOV 27 Ducks at Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Game 24

Date: Saturday November 23rd, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM Pacific

Location: Amalie Arena

TV: Prime Ticket

Radio: AM 830

Your Enemy: Raw Charge


After allowing five unanswered goals to drop a heartbreaker against the Florida Panthers in overtime on Thursday night, the Anaheim Ducks finish their road trip tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning seem to still being feeling the effects of their shocking first round sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets last year, currently sporting the same amount of wins as the retooling Anaheim Ducks while sitting sixth in the Atlantic Division.

While the Lightning are near the top of the league in scoring, they are near the bottom of the league in goals allowed. A lackluster defense combined with Vezina-winner Andrei Vasilevskiy being nowhere near his normal self make it a game that is very winnable for the Ducks.

Tampa Bay will not be helped by the fact that captain and leading scorer Steven Stamkos will be out of the lineup, taking away their most significant offensive weapon.

Even more encouraging for the Ducks will be Hampus Lindholm’s expected return to the lineup. The Ducks best defenseman has been out since November 5th with a lower body injury that has been nagging at him for much of the season. Anaheim has been one of the NHL’s worst defensive teams since he was injured, so his presence back in the lineup should be a huge boost.

Ryan Miller will spell John Gibson tonight, who had started the previous three games on the road trip with mixed results.


Statpak

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus PHILIDELPHIA FLYERS
ANAHEIM DUCKS versus PHILIDELPHIA FLYERS
14-15-4 Record 17-11-5
7th Pacific, 13th West, 25th NHL Standings 5th Metro, 6th East, 14th NHL
2.58 (26th) GF/GP 2.97 (17th)
2.91 (13th) GA/GP 2.85 (11th)
13.9% (28th) Power Play 18.1% (17th)
77.9% (23rd) Penalty Kill 83.5% (8th)
TEAM STAT LEADERS STAT TEAM STAT LEADERS
Jakob Silfverberg (12) Goals Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom (11)
Ryan Getzlaf, Hampus Lindholm (15) Assists Travis Konecny (17)
Ryan Getzlaf (25) Points Travis Konecny (28)
Jakob Silfverberg (3) PPG Ivan Provorov (4)
Jakob Silfverberg, Derek Grant (2) SHG Kevin Hayes, Morgan Frost (1)
Hampus Lindholm (22:04) Ryan Getzlaf (18:45) TOI/GP (D&F) Ivan Provorov (24:43) Sean Couturier (19:31)
Ondrej Kase (55.38) Cam Fowler (53.01) CF% 5v5 (F&D) Travis Konecny (58.41) Justin Braun (53.64)
Rickard Rakell (54.18) Cam Fowler (53.67) xGF% 5v5 (F&D) Sean Couturier (56.55) Ivan Provorov (54.94)
John Gibson GOALIES Carter Hart
10-13-2 Record 10-7-3
0.91 Save% 0.906
2.79 GAA 2.47

Projected Lineups

Anaheim

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Max Jones -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Brendan Guhle -- Cam Fowler

Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

Ryan Miller

Tampa Bay

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Carter Verhaeghe -- Tyler Johnson -- Cory Conacher

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Mathieu Joseph

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Jan Rutta

Andrei Vasilevskiy