Nov 14, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates with the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Anaheim Ducks – Round 2

Tonight, our Tampa Bay Lightning will head into the Honda Center to go head-to-head with Dustin Penner and the Anaheim Ducks.

Now, while some of us have been incredibly discouraged by the way this road trip has gone thus far, I want to you think about it from this perspective; we could be the Anaheim Ducks.

Ever since their loss to the Florida Panthers on November 12th, the day before our 5-1 win over the Ducks, the team has been on a giant skid. Coming into tonight’s game, the Ducks have dropped 5 games straight.

Both of these teams are going to be looking to break their respective losing streaks and get back on track. This means that both teams are going to be putting their absolute best skate forward, playing hard, hitting hard, and taking it to the net.

If you take this game by the numbers, it is truly anyone’s game.

Bolts Ducks
Goals Per Game 2.91 3.08
Goals Against Per Game 2.73 2.54
Shots on Goal Per Game 27.91 32.17
Penalty Minutes Per Game 12.18 9.83
Power Play Goals 15 11
Power Play Percentage 19.2% 13.3%
Penalty Kill Percentage 84.6% 75%

 

As I said, these two teams are fairly evenly matched when it comes to offense. The point and time they start to separate is on special teams. While we do have one of the better penalty killing squads in the league, I would like for them to not have to work a whole lot tonight. The penalties have most definitely not been an asset to the Bolts as of late.

Their ability to capitalize on the power play could work out to their advantage should they be presented with an opportunity. The only thing that stands between the Bolts and the net is overpassing. The team needs to take more shots on the goaltender and less time trying to set up on particular person.

Speaking of offense, in center Valtteri Filppula has a season high 3 points against the Ducks in their last meeting. Tyler Johnson is on a four game point streak, scoring his 5th goal of the season last night against San Jose.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Tampa Bay Lightning have the skills necessary to get back on track and maintain their position as one of the top teams in the Atlantic Division, and even the Eastern Conference. All they have to do is tap into it, and unleash it on the Ducks.

Do you think that the Tampa Bay Lightning can finish off this road trip on a high note and come home to the Tampa Bay Times Forum with 2 more points to their name? What are the Bolts going to have to do in order to come out on top tonight against the Ducks? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.

The puck drops at 10:00 p.m. EST. For all the information you could possibly need to never miss a minute of the action tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning battle the Anaheim Ducks, you can check out our post on how to watch/listen to tonight’s game right here.

 

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