Lightning square off with Flyers at Wachovia Center
Lightning (4-3-4) vs Flyers (6-4-1)
Last 10: Lightning (4-2-4); Flyers (6-4-1) Season Series: This is the first of four meetings between the two clubs. After tonight, they will meet again on Dec. 23 and Mar. 2 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, and on Jan. 9 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Last season, the two teams split four games, with each winning one in the other’s home arena.
Big Story: The Flyers are not at full strength up front due to injuries, but are coming off a win against Carolina on Saturday that snapped a two-game losing streak, and they have won three of their previous four games at home. The Lightning, meanwhile, seek their first victory on the road this season. Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have continued to score points in each of their team’s games. St. Louis has tallied at least a point in all games this season, while Stamkos had recorded at least a point in his last seven games, including all but one game this season.
LIGHTNING – In the first contest of a four-game road trip, the Bolts look to mimic the play of their last home stand, which included two 5-2 victories against San Jose and Ottawa. The team’s goaltending remained strong, with Mike Smith posting a 2-0-1 record, a 1.94 GAA, and a .933 save percentage in his previous three starts. Smith will get the start in net tonight against the Flyers. In addition, backup net-minder, and former Flyer, Antero Niittymaki made his third start of the season in spectacular fashion on Saturday against the Devils, making 37 saves on 38 shots against.
FLYERS - Philadelphia split up the defensive pairing of Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn. The decision paid early dividends, as each had his best game of the season on Saturday against Carolina. A combined minus-19 combined, Timonen had a pair of assists and a plus-2 rating and Coburn scored a pair of goals.
Who’s Hot: - Martin St. Louis added an assist on Saturday against New Jersey, extending his point streak to 11 games dating back to the start of the season. His 10-game assist streak ties the all-time franchise record.
- Steven Stamkos has netted 10 goals in his previous nine games and currently holds a career-high five-game goal scoring streak in which he has scored seven goals in that span.
- The Flyers’ Scott Hartnell has recorded two goals and four points in his last two games.
Injury Report: LIGHTNING – None; FLYERS – Blair Betts (dislocated shoulder), Simon Gagne (hernia in groin), Daniel Briere (hernia in groin, day-to-day).
Quotable: “With the puck, I’m still confident with it. Playing on the power play, moving the puck, and it keeps you in the game when you have the puck on your stick. I think it’s going to come.” – Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier.