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At the Rink: Ducks at Lightning

by Corey Long / NHL.com

TAMPA -- Forward Ryan Callahan could be back in the lineup when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, SUN).

Callahan was a full participant in practice Friday and did not wear a non-contact jersey. Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not give additional details on Callahan's playing status.

"I'm not sure," Cooper said. "It'll be a game-time decision."

Tampa Bay (9-9-3) earned a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday despite missing five of its top nine forwards. Tyler Johnson participated in the optional morning skate without a non-contact jersey but he and Jonathan Drouin are doubtful Saturday, while Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat will be out.

If Callahan can't play Saturday, Cooper may add Luke Witkowski to the lineup and go with seven defensemen like he did Thursday. Forward Mike Angelidis, who was called up from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, would be another option.

Cooper said whoever suits up for the Lightning will have to deal with a hungry Ducks team.

"I see two teams that a lot of people really had high expectations coming into the year," Cooper said. "[And] both coaches are looking at our records saying we'd like to be a little bit better than where we are, so I would expect this to be a pretty good one tonight."

The Ducks (7-9-4) got off to a slow start this season but are 6-2-2 in their past 10 games.

"Much like the Rangers, who came in playing well and had won nine straight, Anaheim is probably playing their best hockey of the season," Cooper said. "I think they've gotten 40-plus shots in the last three games. I don't think the Nashville game turned out the way they wanted but they probably deserved a better fate."

Goalie Frederik Andersen will start for the Ducks; he is 2-1-2 in his past five games. Andersen will be going against Ben Bishop, who will be trying to get his record above .500 (7-7-2).

Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (upper body) will be out Saturday and replaced by Korbinian Holzer.

Here are the projected lineups:

DUCKS

Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Nick RitchieRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg

Carl HagelinShawn HorcoffAndrew Cogliano

Patrick MaroonMike SantorelliChris Stewart

Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

Korbinian HolzerJosh Manson

Clayton StonerSami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin

Injured: Simon Despres (concussion), Jiri Sekac (ankle), Nate Thompson (shoulder), Kenton Helgesen (foot), Hampus Lindholm (upper body)

Scratched: Michael Sgarbossa, Shane O'Brien

LIGHTNING

Vladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Ryan Callahan

Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Nikita Kucherov

J.T. Brown - Brian Boyle - Erik Condra

Joel Vermin - Jonathan Marchessault - Mike Blunden

Anton Stralman - Victor Hedman

Braydon Coburn - Jason Garrison

Matthew Carle - Andrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injured; Ondrej Palat (ankle), Jonathan Drouin (undiscloded), Cedric Paquette (upper body), Tyler Johnson (upper body)

Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Mike Angelidis

Status report: Paquette will come off injured reserve after the game Saturday but still isn't ready for contact. ...Lindholm was injured Thursday but it does not appear to be long term. ... The Ducks recalled defenseman Shane O'Brien from San Diego of the American Hockey League.

Who's hot: Filppula scored the game-winning goal against the Rangers on Thursday. ...Getzlaf had two assists in a 3-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

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