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Tampa Bay visits Anaheim looking to extend road point streak

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (13-2-2) at DUCKS (7-6-3)

8 p.m. ET; PRIME, SUN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to extend their road point streak to eight games when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.

The Lightning have at least a point in seven straight road games (6-0-1), tied for the third-longest streak in their history, after wins at the San Jose Sharks (5-1) on Wednesday and the Los Angeles Kings (5-2) on Thursday. Their record is 10 straight from Feb. 5 to March 10, 2004, and from Jan. 5 to Feb. 20, 2008.

The Ducks avoided losing five consecutive games for the first time in two years when they scored three power-play goals in a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. That was their first regulation victory since going 2-for-2 on the power play in a 4-1 victory at Tampa Bay on Oct. 28.

 

Players to watch

Lightning center Steven Stamkos has 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists), his most through the first 17 games of a season in his NHL career.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has four goals in his past six games after not scoring in his first 10. He scored an NHL career-high 23 goals in 79 games last season.

 

They said it

"We realize that we've got one more game to really make this a great road trip. There's a ton of confidence in this room." -- Lightning forward Alex Killorn

"They're as good as anybody with the give-and-go and the drop pass and involving their five guys up the ice." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on the Lightning

 

Lightning projected lineup

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Yanni Gourde

Chris Kunitz -- Tyler Johnson -- J.T. Brown

Alex Killorn -- Gabriel Dumont -- Ryan Callahan 

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Mikhail Sergachev -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Dan Girardi

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj 

Scratched: Slater Koekkoek, Andrej Sustr 

Injured: Cedric Paquette (undisclosed)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell - Derek Grant -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Chris Wagner -- Jakob Silfverberg

Logan Shaw -- Antoine Vermette -- Dennis Rasmussen 

Nick Ritchie -- Kalle Kossila -- Kevin Roy

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Kevin Bieksa -- Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Jaycob Megna

Injured: Ryan Miller (lower body), Ryan Getzlaf (face), Cam Fowler (knee), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Jared Boll (lower body), Ondrej Kase (upper body) 

 

Status report

Callahan said he'll return to the lineup after missing the win against the Kings. … Gibson is expected to start after leaving a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings on Tuesday with an upper-body injury and then missing the win against the Canucks.

 

Stat pack

The Lightning are 3-0-4 in their past seven games at Anaheim. Their last regulation loss here was 4-2 on Dec. 14, 2005. … Rakell has seven points (goal, six assists) in his four-game point streak, the most productive four-game stretch of his NHL career.

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