The Anaheim Ducks (4-4-1) make their only trip to Tampa tonight and will be facing a red-hot Lightning team (9-1-1) that enters the game with the most points (19) in the NHL.
“The bottom line is we don’t play them that often but they’ve been a powerhouse Western Conference team for a number of years,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “The thing that’s different with them is we don’t usually see the big, heavy teams a lot and that’s what they are, so it’s definitely a different challenge for us. They’re getting healthier. They’re still missing some really important pieces to their team.”
The banged-up Ducks welcome back D Sami Vatanen, who missed the first nine games of the season after having shoulder surgery.
G Peter Budaj makes his second start of the season tonight. He allowed four goals in an overtime loss at New Jersey on Oct. 17.
Some pregame notes: