By Michael Walters
The Ducks(28-16-9) continue their road trip against the Tampa Bay Lightning(22-24-6). The Ducks won the first meeting 2-1 in overtime.
The Ducks lost yesterday 2-1 to Florida. Hampus Lindholm got the first goal, but Anaheim can’t get any more offense after that and lost 2-1. Sami Vatanen left the game early and it’s not clear if he will play tonight. The Ducks did not practice today so the lineup won’t be known until closer to game time. Rickard Rakell leads the team with 21 goals. Ryan Kesler is second in scoring with 18 goals. Jakob Silfverberg has 15 goals. Cam Fowler and Nick Ritchie both have 11. The Ducks are currently in second place in the Pacific, three points behind San Jose.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks look to get more offense tonight. They were only able to get on goal on 23 shots last night. The Ducks didn’t play poorly last game, but they need to stay out of the penalty box. Penalty trouble led to a poor second period against Florida and Tampa Bay has one of the best power play units in the league. Hopefully, the Ducks can get a few goals early in this game and build a lead that they can hold on to.
Anaheim’s Projected Lineup
John Gibson 20-12-8, GAA 2.27, SV% .921 (Unconfirmed)
Tampa Bay Outlook:
The Lightning have been on a bit of slide losing their last three games to Florida, Boston, and Ottawa. Tampa Bay currently sits in last place in the Atlantic Division and are eight points out of a playoff spot. Looks like the Lightning will be without Ondrej Palat, he was hurt in the last game against Ottawa. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 19 goals. Tyler Johnson has 16 goals and Alex Killorn has 15.
Keys To The Game
The Lightning have struggled with being consistent all season. Defensively they have struggled giving up almost three goals(2.94) against per game. While shorthanded they only kill 79.4% of their opponent’s power plays. They also allow 30.3 shots against per game. One bright spot for them has been their power play which is 21.9% efficient, good for 7th in the league. If they can keep this a low scoring game, then they have a good chance to earn two points tonight.
Tampa Bay’s Projected Lineup
Vladislav Namestnikov – Tyler Johnson – Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn – Brayden Point – Jonathan Drouin
Brian Boyle – Valtteri Filppula – Joel Vermin
Gabriel Dumont – Cedric Paquette – J.T. Brown
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February 4, 2017