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Preview: Ducks Finish Homestand Tonight vs. Tampa Bay

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks wrap up a brief two-game homestand this evening against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). Anaheim enters tonight's matchup with three wins in its last four games (3-1-0), including a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. The Ducks have outscored the opposition 12-9 over that stretch and have gone 9-for-9 on the penalty kill.


This is the second and final game of the season between the Ducks and Lightning, which opened with a 6-2 Tampa victory on Nov. 23 at Amalie Arena. The Ducks own an all-time record of 18-16-3 vs. the Lightning, including a 9-7-2 mark at Honda Center. Adam Henrique, who had two goals on Wednesday and leads the team with 17, paces active Ducks in career scoring vs. Tampa Bay with 18 points (7g/11a) in 23 games. Ryan Getzlaf enters tonight's game with points in five of his last seven against the Lightning (2g/5a).

Holding down second place in the Atlantic Division, Tampa Bay comes in with a 30-15-5 record (65 points). The Lightning has won seven of its last 10 (7-2-1), including a 4-2 victory over the LA Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center. Tampa Bay is 6-0 against the Pacific Division this season and has won nine in a row vs. the Pacific dating back to last season. Going back further, the Lightning has points in 11 straight against the Pacific (10-0-1).

With two assists in Tampa Bay's victory over the Kings, Nikita Kucherov posted his fourth straight multi-point game and his team-leading 17th multi-point game of the season. The 26-year-old right wing has nine points (5g/4a) in his last five games and ranks 12th in the NHL in assists (36) and points (58). Andrei Vasilevskiy leads the NHL with 25 wins this season (25-9-3) and has sat atop the league in victories in each of the last two seasons.

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