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Vasilevskiy going for 150th win with Tampa Bay; Anaheim trying for fourth victory in five games

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

LIGHTNING (30-15-5) at DUCKS (20-25-5)

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


The Game

Andrei Vasilevskiy will go for his 150th NHL win when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

Vasilevskiy is 11-0-1 with a 1.82 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage and two shutouts in his past 12 games.The Lightning are coming off a 4-2 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, the fourth stop on their six-game road trip. They are 13-2-1 in their past 16 games.

The Ducks are 3-1-0 in their past four, including a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center on Wednesday. They haven't won two in a row in regulation since Oct. 16-18.


Players to watch

Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli has seven points (three goals, four assists) in the past five games.

Ducks forward Adam Henrique scored two goals in the win against the Coyotes.


They said it

"It's a tough league to win games. I don't read much into the divisions we're playing or anything like that, but we've got to come out here and get points. It seems like everyone behind us is getting them, and for us it doesn't matter how we get them, we just want to get them." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

"We're going to have patience with those young guys, but, hey, you've been in the league all year, you've got lots of reps under your belt, in important situations, in special teams situations. You've got to stand up and be counted now. Don't be in the league because you're young. Be in the league because you belong here." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins


Lightning projected lineup

Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Alex Killorn

Yanni Gourde -- Mitchell Stephens -- Carter Verhaeghe

Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn

Injured: None


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Devin Shore, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: None


Status report

McElhinney is expected to start when the Lightning conclude their road trip at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. ... Miller is expected to start in goal when the Ducks open a five-game road trip against the Kings on Saturday.


Stat pack

Stamkos and Kucherov each has nine points (five goals, four assists) during five-game point streaks. ... The Lightning have a nine-game point streak in Anaheim (5-0-4); their last regulation loss at Honda Center was 4-2 on Dec. 14, 2005. They also have won nine straight against Pacific Division teams, dating to a 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames on Feb. 12, 2019. ... The Ducks are second in the NHL with nine shorthanded goals, one shy of the Anaheim record of 10 in 1995-96, 2013-14 and 2017-18.

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