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Ducks at Lightning Preview and GDT: Welcome back, Alex Killorn

Nov 15, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) is named player of the game after scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Game #44 – Anaheim Ducks (14-26-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (21-17-5)
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Location: Amalie Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: BSSUN, BSSD, BSSC, ESPN+, HULU

Opponent’s Site: Anaheim Calling


In the middle of November the Anaheim Ducks had just beaten the Nashville Predators, 3-2, to run their record to a surprising 9-6-0. At that point their record was good enough to hold onto the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. Then…the offense went away.

They would embark on an eight-game losing streak which they snapped with a shootout win over Colorado. They then lost another five games in a row. Since November 14th they’ve gone 7-20-1, dropping them to 29th in the league. Along the way, the injuries have begun to pile up, first it was rookie Leo Carlsson. Max Jones, Trevor Zegras and Pavel Mintyukov have since joined their top draft pick on the sidelines. Starting goaltender (and possible trade bait) John Gibson is also nursing an injury and is day-to-day.

They also traded away young defensemen Jamie Drysdale to the Flyers in exchange for Cutter Gauthier, a talented prospect who is still in college. All of this change has led to one thing, old friend Alex Killorn is on the top line for them now. After missing the first 10 games due to a broken finger, Killer has 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 31 games. He’s currently skating alongside center Mason McTavish (27 points in 34 games) and Frank Vatrano (20 goals in 41 games), the team’s strongest line.

Unfortunately, they haven’t had much offense outside of the top line as they are averaging just 2.01 goals per 60 at 5v5. The only team struggling to score more is San Jose at 1.55 GF/60.

While Gibson has kept them in a lot of games, the defense in front of him has struggled as the Ducks have allowed 12.58 high-danger chances against per game at 5v5. The Lightning should be able to get some quality chances against them, even with a slightly depleted line-up.

Max Crozier was the latest member of the Crunch to be recalled after Erik Cernak left the game against the Devils early. Tanner Jeannot was moved to injured reserve as well, an indication that he might be out a bit longer. The Bolts do have a four-day break after this game, a break that they could use to get healthy.

Stats Match-up

Game #44Tampa Bay LightningAnaheim Ducks
Overall Record21-17-514-26-1
Home Record13-5-36-16-1
Road Record8-12-28-10-0
Goals For140104
Goals Against148139
Power Play27.9%19.2%
Penalty Kill80.7%79.8%
Last 10 Games6-4-02-7-1
Stats via NHL and Natural Stat Trick


Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lines

Steven Stamkos – Brayden Point – Nikita Kucherov
Brandon Hagel – Anthony Cirelli – Nick Paul
Gage Goncalves – Tyler Motte – Conor Sheary

Austin Watson – Luke Glendening – Mikey Eyssimont

Victor Hedman – Nick Perbix
Calvin de Haan – Darren Raddysh

Emil Lilleberg – Philippe Myers

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Jonas Johansson

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lines


Alex Killorn – Mason McTavish – Frank Vatrano

Ryan Strome – Adam Henrique – Troy Terry

Brock McGinn – Isac Lundestrom – Brett Leason

Bo Groulx – Sam Carrick – Jakob Silfverberg

Urho Vaakanainen – Cam Fowler

Jackson Lacombe – Radko Gudas

Robert Hag – Ilya Lyubushkin


Lukas Dostal

John Gibson (game-time decision)

Question of the Night

How many goals will Alex Killorn score tonight?

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