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Preview: Lightning at Ducks

Tampa Bay could be without defenseman Victor Hedman; Anaheim aims to stay hot at Honda Center

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (21-20-4) at DUCKS (24-13-9)

10 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, PRIME, SUN, NHL.TV

 

Lightning team scope

The Tampa Bay Lightning may again be without defenseman Victor Hedman, who did not play in a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The Lightning did not hold a morning skate Tuesday. Defenseman Jake Dotchin was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy could start after Ben Bishop made 31 saves against the Kings in his second game since missing nine with a lower-body injury. Tampa Bay had 41 hits against Los Angeles, seventh-most in its history. "It's a 200-foot game," Bishop said. "I don't think we gave them too much. We didn't give them too many grade A [chances]. The goal that probably shouldn't go in, went in." Forward Nikita Kucherov will play his 250th NHL game.

 

Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks are 6-1-1 in their past eight games and 14-5-3 at Honda Center, and lead the Edmonton Oilers by two points in the Pacific Division. Anaheim has a point in 11 of its past 12 (7-1-4) and 10 of its past 11 home games (8-1-2). "When it's our turn to hold serve here as far as gaining points, every point is a valuable point," coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's been our mindset and now we're in the middle of it. We have a big game tonight." Goalie John Gibson was first off the ice at the morning skate and is expected to make his 12th start in 13 games. The Ducks paid particular attention to the Lightning's 41 hits during their day off Monday. "Much different hockey club than what we've seen before," Carlyle said. "Much grittier effort. They're going to try to duplicate that tonight." Forward Corey Perry is three points from 700 in his NHL career. Defenseman Kevin Bieksa needs one assist for 200 in his NHL career.

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Erik Condra

Brian Boyle -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jonathan Drouin

Michael Bournival -- Cedric Paquette -- Gabriel Dumont

Nikita Nesterov -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn -- Luke Witkowski

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Jake Dotchin

Injured: Steven Stamkos (knee), Brayden Point (upper body), J.T. Brown (upper body), Ryan Callahan (lower body), Victor Hedman (illness)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Joseph Cramarossa -- Logan Shaw -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Kevin Bieksa -- Shea Theodore

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Stefan Noesen

Injured: Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms), Clayton Stoner (lower body)

 

Status report

Thompson skated with the Ducks while he continues to recover from an offseason injury. … The Ducks did not take line rushes. … Theodore and Noesen were recalled from San Diego of the AHL.

 

Who's hot

Drouin has six points in his past five games and 14 in 13 games. … Palat has four points in three games. … Rakell has three points in three games. … Silfverberg has four points in five games. … Getzlaf has a three-game assist streak since returning from a lower-body injury. … Kesler has three points in five games. … Gibson is 6-1-2 allowing 14 goals (.951 save percentage) in his past nine starts.

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