Tampa Bay (11-19-10) is seeking traction to put together a string of wins to begin to climb back into the playoff hunt. The Ducks, meanwhile, are boasting a 21-16-5 record, good enough for second place in the Pacific Division.
Martin St. Louis leads the Lightning in points with 37 while Vincent Lecavalier, selected to the Eastern Division all-star team for the fourth time in his career, has the team lead in goals scored with 16. Mike Smith, who has produced consistent goaltending for the Bolts all season, has started 11 consecutive games in the net.
Anaheim, after a loss to the Kings in L.A. on Thursday night, will be looking to get back on the winning track when they host the Lightning. The two teams have not met since December, 2006.
Center Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks in points and goals with 48 and 15, respectively. His point total has him in fifth place in the NHL in that category. Rookie forward Bobby Ryan has 11 goals, including a hat trick Thursday night against the Kings. Netminder Jonas Hiller has a third-best in the NHL 2.10 goals against average.
Following tonight’s contest the Lightning move on to Los Angeles to meet the Kings on Monday night followed by a Tuesday night game against San Jose to wrap up the road trip. Tampa Bay returns to action in the St. Pete Times Forum on January 15th against the Philadelphia Flyers.