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Who will bump the slump? — Ducks host Lightning

Nov 22, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Teemu Selanne, Valtteri Filppula AP

Two teams that got off to hot starts, only to recently fall on hard times, meet tonight in Anaheim when the Ducks host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Ducks: Winless in five, including Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss at home to the Devils. “We’re not playing great hockey right now,” said d-man Ben Lovejoy. “We want to be an elite team in this league, and we’re not playing like it.”

The Lightning: Three straight losses by a combined score of 16-6. And no Steven Stamkos to rescue them. “Things had been going our way for a long time this year to start the season,” said head coach Jon Cooper. “And now not so much.”

For now, both teams remain comfortably in a playoff position; however, there’s reason to wonder how long that will last. The Lightning won’t have Stamkos back for a while, and teams like the Rangers and Flyers have started to find their footing in the Eastern Conference. The Ducks, meanwhile, have a pretty tough slate of games on the horizon, as you can see:

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  1. jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    “The Ducks, meanwhile, have a pretty tough slate of games on the horizon, as you can see”

    As well as the Western Conference is playing, EVERY team in the West has tough games on the horizon. ;)

  2. ibieiniid - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I got the Ducks in this one. If ANY coach in the west knows the Bolts, it’s Boudreau.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      (I ruled out Torts because he’s about 5 years removed from that team and they’ve brought a LOT of their team out of the AHL just recently)

  3. lightning69 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Well if the Bolts decide to actually skate tonight then it will be a battle. If not, then it will be as ugly as the beating the Sharks just put on us. The boys only competed on just a few shifts. When Barberio finally kept the puck and brought it out of the D zone with speed, we scored easily. If you don’t force a team to move out of shooting lanes on offense, you make it harder on yourselves and allow an easy D. Saves energy, which the Sharks did not run out of. 3rd game the Bolts came out flat.

    Lindback made some amazing saves last night or it would have been 8 or 9 goals. The whole team let him get peppered all night.

    Gotta skate boys, that’s how we put it on the Ducks at home earlier.

  4. muttbolts91 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Who cares about the rangers and flyers as they are in a different division than the bolts. I don’t think the bolts are playing for one of two wild card spots.

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