We do know the Tampa Bay Lightning will be playing in the Stanley Cup Final after besting the New York Rangers in Game 7 Friday night of their Eastern Conference championship series.
What we don’t know just yet is who their opponent will be. The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks will decide that Saturday night in Game 7 of their Western series finale.
Hypothetically speaking, let’s say the favored Ducks win at home. How do they stack up against Tampa?
The answer for the regular season was not too well. The Lightning won both meetings – 5-3 at home and then 4-1 in Anaheim, though the Ducks were without goalie Frederik Andersen for part of the first game and all of the second game.
Again, we don’t know who will be facing the Lightning, but you can find out Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
Keep reading for a glance at the potential Lightning-Ducks matchup:
Tampa Bay Lightning
Regular Season Record: 50-24-8 (108 points, 3rd in the East)
Home/Away Records: Home – 32-8-1 ; Road – 18-16-7
Regular Season Goals For/Goals Against: GF 262 ; GA 211
Road to the Stanley Cup Final: 4-3 over Detroit; 4-2 over Montreal; 4-3 over New York Rangers
Playoff Leading Scorers: Tyler Johnson (21 points), Johnson (12 goals), Nikita Kucherov (10 assists), Ben Bishop (2.15 goals against)
Behind regular-season team leading scorer Steven Stamkos, Johnson and Kucherov, the Lightning led the NHL with 3.16 goals per game, though that has dipped to 2.75 in the postseason.
Tampa Bay also leads all teams with 16 power play goals in the playoffs.
Goalkeeper Ben Bishop is allowing just 2.15 goals per contest in the playoffs, slightly better than his 2.32 through the regular season.
Regular Season Record: 51-24-7 (109 points, tie for 1st in the West)
Home/Away Records: Home – 26-12-3 ; Road – 25-12-4
Regular Season Goals For/Goals Against: GF 236 ; GA 226
Road to the Stanley Cup Final: 4-0 over Winnipeg; 4-1 over Calgary; 4-3 over Chicago (if, in fact, the Ducks win Saturday night)
Playoff Leading Scorers: Ryan Getzlaf (19 points), Corey Perry (9 goals), Getzlaf (17 assists), Frederik Andersen (2.18 goals against)
Anaheim cruised through the playoffs before the 7-game series with Chicago, needing just 9 games to dispatch Winnipeg and Calgary.
Entering Saturday night’s contest, Ryan Getzlaf had 17 assists and 2 goals in 15 playoff games, while Corey Perry had 9 goals, though just 2 coming in the 6 games vs. Chicago.
In the postseason, goalie Frederik Andersen has been pretty consistent with his play, allowing 2.4 goals per game after giving up 2.38 in the regular season.