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Lightning at Ducks: Projected lines; injuries and storylines

The Lightning finish their west-coast road trip with a game in Anaheim

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning look to avenge one of their two regulation losses when they take on the Anaheim Ducks in the second of two matchups this season. 

Tampa Bay looks to completei its three-game west coast roadtrip undefeated. 

Lines from Saturday's practice.. Subject to change. 

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz - Tyler Johnson - J.T. Brown

Alex Killorn - Gabriel Dumont & Cedric Paqutte - Ryan Callahan 

Defense

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi

Slater Koekkoek - Andrej Sustr

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj 

SUNDAY'S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Ducks are playing their second of two meetings this season and the only meeting at Honda Center...Anaheim is one of just two teams to defeat Tampa Bay in regulation this season after earning a 4-1 victory at AMALIE Arena on Oct. 28...The Ducks went 2-for-2 on the power play in that victory, which was also the last game the Lightning gave up a power-play goal...Chris Kunitz scored the lone goal and Peter Budaj stopped 17-of-21 shots in the Bolts loss...The Lightning haven't lost in regulation in Anaheim since a 4-2 defeat on Dec. 14, 2005, going 3-0-4 since...Tampa Bay has won in two of its last three visits to Anaheim, and the Lightning have given up just five goals combined in their last four games at Anaheim...All-time, the Bolts are 6-5-4 with one tie inAnaheim
 

SUNDAYS STORYLINES
The Lightning have won five games in a row on the road and have picked up points in seven-consecutive road contests, the road point streak tied for the third-longest in franchise history (longest: 10 games on Feb. 5-March 10, 2004 and also Jan. 5 to Feb. 20, 2008)...Tampa Bay paces the NHL for points (28), points percentage (.824), goals (69) and goal differential (+24)...The Bolts are tied with St. Louis for most wins in the League...Lightning defensemen have combined for 46 points this season, second most for a League D corps (first: TOR - 48)...Bolts' D-men have scored 12 goals, tied for second in the League (first: STL - 19)...Tampa Bay has gone fivestraight games without allowing a power-play goal and has killed off 14 straight opponent power plays.
 

INJURIES
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 12
Current injuries:

Ryan Callahan - Lower body (DAY-TO-DAY) 1 game 
Cedric Paquette - Upper body (DAY-TO-DAY) 9 Games

TRANSACTIONS
Oct. 9 -- Assigned F Michael Bournival to AHL Syracuse

POWER UP 
The Lightning netted a power-play goal Nov. 8 at SJS to record a power-play goal in the second-straight game and 13 of 16 games this season...Tampa Bay is tied with Pittsburgh for the NHL lead for power-play goals (18)...Over the last two seasons, the Bolts have scored more power-play goals (80) than any other team (second: PIT - 78).
 

STAMMER TIME
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist Nov. 9 at LAK to add to his NHL scoring lead...Stamkos has recorded points in 15 of 17 games and has 10 multi-point performances in 2017-18.
NHL

SCORING LEADERS
1. Steven Stamkos (TBL) 8-22--30
2. Nikita Kucherov (TBL) 16-13--29

3. Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) 6-16--22

Stamkos' 30 points are the most he's put up through 17 games in his career (previous high: 28 points in first 17 games of 2010-11)...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stamkos is just the second player in the past 11 seasons to collect at least 30 points in his team's first 17 games of a season, joining PIT's Evgeni Malkin (7-23-30 in 17 GP to start 2008-09)...Stamkos owns a share of the longest point streak in the NHL this season (4-17--21 over 11 games from Oct. 6-26) along with teammate
Nikita Kucherov...Stamkos has recorded at least one assist in 12 games and has eight multi-assist performances on the season...Stamkos paces the NHL forassists.


NHL SCORING LEADERS
1. Steven Stamkos (TBL) 7-21--28
2. Nikita Kucherov (TBL) 15-11--26

T-3. Jaden Schwartz (STL) 9-12--21
T-3. Blake Wheeler (WPG) 5-16--21
Stamkos is tied for the NHL lead for power-play goals and paces the League for power-play points.

NIFTY NIKITA
Tampa Bay right wing Nikita Kucherov scored his 16th goal of the season and added two assists Nov. 9 at LAK to match his season high for points in a game set three times...Kucherov tied Chris Kontos (1992-93) for most goals in Lightning history through the first 17 games of a season...Kucherov paces the NHL for goals.


NHL GOAL LEADERS
1. Nikita Kucherov (TBL) 16

2. Alex Ovechkin (WSH) 13
3. John Tavares (NYI) 12

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