NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 19th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (8-4-6) at Anaheim Ducks (6-10-3), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ducks were unable to pick up any momentum on what
turned out to be a winless four-game road trip. Perhaps a return to the Honda
Center can right the ship.
Anaheim begins a seven-game homestand this evening against the visiting Tampa
Bay Lightning, who continue their four-game road trip.
The Ducks went 0-3-1 on their swing, which ended with Monday's 5-2 loss to
Pittsburgh. Anaheim was outscored 18-9 on the trek and fell to 2-4-3 as the
guest this year.
The club is 4-6-0 as the host, but has won three of its last four at Honda
While Ryan Getzlaf had his 11-game point streak and franchise-record 10-game
assist streak end on Monday, Corey Perry notched an assist to stretch his
career-best run to 12 games. Perry has nine goals and eight assists over the
NHL's longest active points streak.
Todd Marchant and Teemu Selanne provided the goals for the Ducks in the loss,
Jean-Sebastien Giguere was beaten four times on 25 shots in defeat.
"We didn't execute at an NHL level," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.
Giguere fell to 0-3-2 on the season with a 3.38 goals-against average, and
hasn't won since March 24 of last year. He is 4-1-0 with a 1.85 GAA in his
career versus the Lightning, while Jonas Hiller lost his only career start
versus them after allowing four goals on 19 shots.
The Ducks hope to have Saku Koivu back in the lineup after he missed the last
four games with a groin injury. However, Ryan Carter is likely to miss his
fourth straight game because of a bruised right foot.
The Lightning began their road trip with a 4-1 win in Phoenix on Monday,
improving to 3-4-2 as the guest this year. The club's big guns finally got
going, as Vincent Lecavalier had two goals and an assist, while Martin St.
Louis also tallied.
Lecavalier and St. Louis, who own 548 career goals between the two of them,
both have just four goals this season.
"It's been tough to [score] this year, and when I saw [St. Louis] score too,
and how happy he was, it was just a relief," said Lecavalier. "So, it really
helps out and now we just have to make sure it carries over to the next game."
Alex Tanguay had a power-play goal and two assists for the Lightning, who have
won three of four and have picked up at least one point in 10 of their last 11
Mike Smith, making his first start since November 2, turned away 30 shots. His
solid outing could earn him another start tonight against a club he has never
lost to. Smith is 3-0-0 with a 0.60 GAA lifetime versus the Ducks.
Defenseman Mattias Ohlund is questionable tonight due to a lower-body injury
that caused him to miss the Coyotes game.
The Lightning notched a 4-3 win in Anaheim last season to snap a three-game
series losing streak. They have won two of their last three at Honda Center.
11/19 10:52:47 ET