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Lightning look to continue winning streak on Saturday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning look to keep two big win streaks going when they host the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m. Saturday at AMALIE Arena. The Lightning have won five straight home games against Anaheim. The Lightnng also look to extend their franchise-record home winning streak to start the season. 

Lines from Thursday's game against Detroit. Subject to change. 

Forwards

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde

Alex Killorn - Tyler Johnson - Gabriel Dumont

Chris Kunitz - JT Brown - Ryan Callahan

Defense

Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn - Dan Girardi

Slater Koekkoek - Andrej Sustr

Goalies

Peter Budaj expected to start 

SATURDAY'S MATCHUPThe Lightning and the Ducks are playing their first of two meetings this season and their only meeting at AMALIE Arena...The Bolts earned a 3-2 home shootout win in their last matchup against Anaheim on Feb. 4, 2017, former Bolt Brian Boyle netting the gamewinner in the fourth round of the shootout...Tampa Bay hasn't lost in regulation to Anaheim since a 4-3 home defeat Dec. 9, 2006, going 8-0-5 and earning at least a point in 13 matchups since...The Lightning have won five in a row at home over Anaheim, outscoring the Ducks 20-8 over that stretch...Steven Stamkos is averaging 1.5 points per game for his career against the Ducks, netting seven goals
and five assists in eight career meetings.

 

SATURDAY'S STORYLINESTampa Bay established a new franchise record for consecutive home victories to start a season after picking up its sixth victory against no losses Oct. 26 vs. DET...The Lightning's current six-game home win streak is their longest since winning a franchise-best nine in a row at AMALIE Arena from Jan. 2 to Feb. 12, 2016...The Bolts have collected points in nine-straight games, their longest point streak since winning nine in a row from Feb 18 to March 5, 2016...Tampa Bay is off to its best start in franchise history with 19 points through
11 games (previous best: 18 points in first 11 games of 2003-04)...Since the last time the Lightning played the Ducks on Feb. 4, 2017, the Bolts have gone 29-7-5, collecting more regular season wins and points (63) than any other NHL team and compiling the league's best points percentage (.768)...
Dan Girardi will play in his 800th career NHL game provided he's in the lineup...Ryan Callahan will skate in his 200th game with the Lightning provided he's in the lineup
 

INJURIES
2017-18 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 5
Current injuries:
Cedric Paquette - Upper body (DAY-TO-DAY) 4 Games

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

ANDREI THE GIANT
Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29-of-31 shots Oct. 26 vs. DET to win his NHL-best ninth game of the season...Dating back to Feb. 27, 2017, Vasilevskiy is 21-5-2 over his last 28 starts, pacing all NHL goalies for wins over that period...Vasilevskiy has won 12 of his last 13 starts dating back to last season...Vasilevskiy skated in his 100th career NHL game and collected his 50th career win Oct. 26 vs. DET...Following Thursday's win, Vasilevskiy has won eight starts in a row, continuing a career high for consecutive starts with a victory (previous best: 6-straight wins from Dec. 15, 2015 to Jan. 27, 2016)...Vasilevskiy's eight-game win streak (in decisions) is tied for the second longest in Lightning history, and he can earn a share of the longest goalie win streak in franchise history with a victory in his next start.

STAMMER TIME
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos netted a power-play goal Oct. 26 vs. DET to extend his season-opening point streak to 11 games, tied with Marty St. Louis (3-12--15 in 2009-10) and Nikita Kucherov (12-7--19 in 2017-18) for the longest season-opening point streak in Lightning history...Stamkos paces the NHL for scoring
 

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