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NHL Preview: Anaheim Ducks (17-33-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (35-17-3)

ANAHEIM DUCKS NOTES:

LAST ANAHEIM DUCKS GAME
Feb. 20, 2023 – ANAHEIM 3 @ FLORIDA 4 OT
The Ducks began a four-game road trip with a 4-3 OT loss to the Florida Panthers Monday afternoon at FLA Live Arena. John Gibson made 51 saves in regulation and OT, his second time with 50-plus saves this month (also 53 saves on Feb. 10 vs. PIT), the third-most saves in franchise history while becoming the third goaltender in NHL history to post multiple 50-saves games in a single month (also Gump Worsley, 3x in January 1963 and Al Rollins, 2x in Oct. 1955). Dmitry Kulikov scored his third goal and added an assist to extend his point streak to three games (1-3=4), his second multi-point effort as a Duck (also Nov. 23 vs. NYR, 1-1=2). In his 600th career game, John Klingberg recorded two assists for the fifth time this season, marking 1-6=7 points his last seven games. Mason McTavish scored his second goal in as many games (2-0=2) and third the last five outings (3-1=4). Frank Vatrano scored his eighth goal the last 10 games (8-3=11), his team-leading 13th road goal of the campaign. Max Jones and Kevin Shattenkirk each tallied assists, with the latter pushing his point streak to three contests (2-2=4).
PP: 1-2 PK: 2-2 SF: 32 SA: 55 TOI: Cam Fowler (22:29)
Three Stars: 1. C. Verhaeghe 2. E. Staal 3. D. Kulikov

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (PT) TV / AUDIO
Feb. 23 Washington Capital One Arena 4 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Feb. 25 Carolina PNC Arna 4 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Feb. 27 Chicago Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 1 Washington Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 3 Montreal Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Feb. 6 Placed D Urho Vaakanainen on Injured Reserve (IR).
Feb. 7 Activated C Derek Grant from Injured Reserve (IR).
Feb. 10 Recalled G Olle Eriksson Ek from San Diego (AHL). Placed Troy Terry on Injured Reserve (IR).
Feb. 11 Recalled G Lukas Dostal from San Diego (AHL) and reassigned G Olle Eriksson Ek to San Diego.

ANAHEIM DUCKS INJURIES
Man-Games Lost: 300
PLAYER INJURY/ILLNESS EXPECTED ABSENCE GAMES MISSED
John Moore Upper-body Indefinite 57
Jamie Drysdale Torn labrum (shoulder) 4-6 months 49
Justin Kirkland Car accident Day-to-day 17
Urho Vaakanainen Lower-body Day-to-day 7
Troy Terry Upper-body Day-to-day 6
Anthony Stolarz Lower-body Day-to-day 5

ANAHEIM DUCKS NOTES
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks continue a four-game road trip and close out a back-to-back matchup tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena (4 p.m. PT, TV: Bally Sports SoCal AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters today’s game with a 4-3-3 last 10 road games and 6-4-3 last 13 contests away from home. The Ducks have also earned points in seven of their last 10 games overall (4-4-2) in addition to a 5-5-2 record the last 12 contests. The Ducks close their eighth set of back-to-back contests this season, posting a 2-9-4 record overall, earning points in four of the seven first half contests (1-6-1). Anaheim continues its 11-game February schedule today (1-4-2 to date), consisting of four home and seven road contests. All-time, Anaheim is 154-128-36 in the month of February. Since the start of 2012-13, Anaheim is 57-49-14 in the month, earning points in 71 of the 120 contests (.592%). Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will conclude the road trip with visits to Washington (Thursday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m. PT) and Carolina (Saturday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m. PT).

DUCKS-LIGHTNING: Anaheim and Tampa Bay conclude a two-game series tonight at Amalie Arena. The Lightning earned a 4-2 win Oct. 26 in Orange County to open the 2022-23 season series. All-time, the Ducks have posted a 19-18-4 record head-to-head vs. the Lightning, including a 9-9-2 mark in Tampa Bay. Anaheim has earned points in six of its last 10 games overall against Tampa Bay dating back to the 2016-17 season (3-4-3). Adam Henrique (9-11=20 in 26 GP) paces active Ducks skaters in career scoring, goals and assists vs. Tampa Bay. Troy Terry has recorded 3-1=4 points in four career appearances vs. the Lightning.

ANA-TBL SEASON SERIES:
DATE LOCATION TIME / RESULT TV / AUDIO
Oct. 26 Honda Center 4-2 TBL win
Feb. 21 Amalie Arena 4 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream

ANA-TBL ALL-TIME SERIES:
ANA RECORD @ ANA @ TBL
All-Time Series: 19-18-4 10-9-2 9-9-2
Current Streak: Two TBL wins One TBL win Two TBL wins
Last ANA Win: Jan. 21, 2022 (5-1) Jan. 21, 2022 (5-1) Nov. 27, 2018 (3-1)
Last TBL Win: Oct. 26, 2022 (4-2) Oct. 26, 2022 (4-2) Apr. 14, 2022 (4-3 OT)
ANA Last 10: 3-4-3 4-5-1 3-5-2

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING NOTES:

LAST GAME
Lightning 4 at Vegas 5
The Tampa Bay Lightning closed out a four-game road trip with a 5-4 loss to the Vegas Golden Knight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena…The Bolts and VGK will wrap up the two-game season series March 9 at AMALIE Arena…Tampa Bay fell to 35-17-3 on the season with a road record of 14-13-1…Vladislav Namestnikov opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season when he redirected a pass from Corey Perry over the glove of Adin Hill to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead 6:10 into the first period…VGK responded with an immediate answer when Brett Howden tied the game 1-1 just seven seconds after Namestnikov opened the scoring…After Nicholas Roy took a hooking penalty at the 6:45 mark of the first, Victor Hedman sent a pass to Steven Stamkos, who hammered home his patented one-timer to give the Bolts a 2-1 lead with his 10th power-play goal of the season just 40 seconds after Howden tied the game for VGK…The three goals in 47 seconds was the second-fastest three goals scored in a game this season, trailing a 32-second burst in a Dec. 22 contest between CAR and PIT…With Tampa Bay leading 2-1, VGK rattled off three straight goals to close out the first period with Jonathan Marchessault scoring at the 8:17 and 17:46 marks and Shea Theodore finding the back of the net with 5:40 remaining in the opening frame…Perry got the Lightning back within one when he made it a 4-3 game 4:29 into the second period, taking a pass from Hedman and beating Hill with a wrist shot to the glove side for his 11th goal of the season…Roy scored an empty-net goal for VGK with 1:09 remaining to make it a 5-3 game…Pierre-Edouard Bellemare redirected a point shot from Mikhail Sergachev to get the Bolts back within one at the 19:49 mark of the third, but that would be the final goal of the game in a 5-4 loss for Tampa Bay…Andrei Vasilevskiy got the start in goal for the Lightning and made 22 saves.
PP: TBL – 1-3 VGK – 0-2
SOG: TBL – 24 VGK – 26
Attendance: 18,317

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Ducks are playing the second of two matchups this season and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts earned a 4-2 victory over ANA in the first meeting this season Oct. 26 at Honda Center…Trevor Zegras opened the scoring at the 14:25 mark of the first period…Mikhail Sergachev answered just 2:53 later with his first goal of the season…Nikita Kucherov gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead 1:26 after Sergachev’s goal…Troy Terry scored the lone goal of the second period to tie the game with 3:21 left in the middle frame…Brandon Hagel scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 4:27 remaining in regulation…Nick Paul added an empty-net goal at the 19:58 mark of the third…Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots on 21 shots against for the win…The Lightning are 7-2-1 in their last 10 home games vs. ANA and 7-3-0 in the last 10 meetings overall…In seven career home games vs. ANA, Steven Stamkos has recorded four multi-point efforts (4-6—10)…Kucherov has pointed in eight of his last 10 games vs. ANA (5-7—12)…Kucherov has points in six of his seven career home games vs. ANA (4-6—10)…Hagel has recorded four points in four career games vs. ANA (3-1—4)…Sergachev has picked up points in three straight games vs. ANA (1-3—4)…The Bolts are 21-14-5 with one tie all-time vs. ANA, including a home record of 11-8-1…Kucherov (8-9—17) holds the Tampa Bay franchise records for career goals and points vs. ANA.

TBL ALL-TIME POINT LEADERS VS. ANA

  1. Nikita Kucherov – 17 pts. (8-9—17, 15 GP)
  2. Steven Stamkos – 16 pts. (7-9—16, 16 GP)
    T3. Martin St. Louis – 12 pts. (3-9—12, 14 GP)
    T3. Vincent Lecavalier – 12 pts. (1-11—12, 15 GP)
  3. Victor Hedman – 9 pts. (1-8—9, 20 GP)

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
Tampa Bay is playing the first game of a brief, two-game homestand tonight…The Bolts will play just five of their 12 games in February on home ice…The Lightning are 8-5-1 against Pacific Division opponents and 19-7-2 against the Western Conference this season…The Bolts are 21-4-2 on home ice this season and are riding a franchise record 14-game home point streak…Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in eight consecutive home games and 23 of their 27 games at AMALIE Arena this season…The Lightning have scored a power-play goal in eight of their last 10 home games…The Bolts penalty kill is 12-for-12 over the last five contests.

INJURIES
2022-23 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 95
Current Injuries:
Erik Cernak (Upper-body injury; Day-to-day) 2 Games

TRANSACTIONS
Jan. 30 – Recalled D Nick Perbix from AHL Syracuse
Jan. 30 – Re-assigned F Rudolfs Balcers to AHL Syracuse
Jan. 29 – Assigned D Nick Perbix to AHL Syracuse
Jan. 29 – Recalled F Rudolfs Balcers from AHL Syracuse

HOME COOKING
The Lightning collected a point for the 14th-straight home game Feb. 9 vs. COL, setting a new record for the longest home point streak in franchise history…The Bolts are 21-4-2 at home this season with an .815 points percentage, trailing only Boston (.879) for the NHL lead…Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in eight straight games at AMALIE Arena and 23 of 27 home games overall…The Lightning have surrendered two or less goals in 10 of their last 14 home contests…The Bolts are averaging over four goals per game on home ice for the second time in franchise history at 4.07 GF/GP (also: 4.02 GF/GP, 2018-19) and are the only team in the NHL averaging more than four goals per game at home…Tampa Bay’s power play is clicking at a 31.2% conversion rate on home ice, the second-best among all NHL teams, trailing only Edmonton (33%)…Since Dec. 1, the Lightning have given up just five powerplay goals on 42 attempts, good for an 88.1 PK%, the second-best home penalty kill percentage in the NHL during that span, trailing only Boston (90.6%).

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