DUCKS (10-10-3) at LIGHTNING (10-7-2)
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Nikita Kucherov will return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but captain Steven Stamkos will be out with a lower-body injury when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday.
Kucherov will play after missing the Lightning's 4-2 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday because of an upper-body injury. The forward, who won the Art Ross Trophy as NHL leading scorer last season, has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 18 games this season.
Stamkos, who leads Tampa Bay in scoring with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 19 games, is out with a lower-body injury. There is no timetable for the center's return, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. Stamkos has not missed a regular-season game since April 7, 2018.
Tampa Bay is 4-2-0 in its past six games.
Hampus Lindholm will return for the Ducks after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. The defenseman, who has not played since Nov. 5, has nine assists in 15 games for Anaheim, winless in two straight (0-1-1) and 1-4-3 in its past eight games.
Players to watch
Ducks forward Rickard Rakell has five points (two goals, three assists) In a four-game point streak.
Lightning center Anthony Cirelli has scored a goal in each of his past three games.
They said it
"We've given up leads in the past and it didn't really feel the same way. We probably played our best game of the year up until the third period and even in the third period I thought we did some good things. … We felt like we controlled that game and they're a good hockey team so we are trying to build off of that." -- Ducks forward Troy Terry on trying to bounce back after a 5-4 overtime loss at the Florida Panthers on Thursday, in a game Anaheim led 4-0
"We're expecting a tough game. They play a physical game and they can play a skilled game as well. We're happy to be home, but we know we have some tough opponents coming in so this will be a good test." -- Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman
Ducks projected lineup
Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry
Max Jones -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase
Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney
Brendan Guhle -- Cam Fowler
Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson
Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer
Injured: Josh Manson (MCL sprain)
Scratched: Michael Del Zotto, Devin Shore, Josh Mahura
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Carter Verhaeghe -- Tyler Johnson -- Cory Conacher
Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Mathieu Joseph
Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde
Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev -- Jan Rutta
Injured: Steven Stamkos (lower body)
Scratched: Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn
Anaheim held an optional morning skate Saturday. … Cooper did not say whether the Lightning would dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen; if so, Coburn likely would play instead of Verheaghe.
Getzlaf has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 16 gmaes against Tampa Bay. … Vasilevskiy is one win from passing Ben Bishop (131) as the Lightning's all-time leader.