Lightning (34-33-7, 75 Points) at Flyers (44-23-8, 96 Points)
Last 10: Tampa Bay (4-5-1); Philadelphia (7-2-1)
Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has started each of the three season meetings with the Lightning (34-33-7), but has a 1-1-1 record and 3.19 GAA
Stamkos has 10 goals and five assists in 14 career meetings with Philadelphia, scoring twice against Bryzgalov in a 5-1 win Dec. 27.
On Saturday, Stamkos surpassed his previous career high (51) and tied Vincent Lecavalier's franchise record for goals in a season. Lecavalier lit the lamp 52 times in 2006-07.
Tom Pyatt enters the matchup with three goals in his last two games. He now has a career-best 11 markers this season.
Purcell now has 59 points on the season. With one more assist, Purcell will become only the fourth member of the Lightning to post 60 points in a season after having gone undrafted in the NHL.
It’s the fourth and final meeting between the Lightning and Flyers. The home team has won each of the first three matchups so far this season, with Tampa Bay holding a two-games-to-one edge in the season set. The Bolts earned a pair of victories on Nov. 9 and Dec. 27, while the Flyers’ lone win came back on Dec. 10.
The Big Story:
Tampa Bay concluded its season-long, seven-game homestand with a pair of consecutive wins and looks to extend its win streak to three games as it opens up a three-game road trip Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia, meanwhile, has also won two straight games and wraps up a five-game set at home as it looks to inch closer to the 100-point plateau.
LIGHTNING – The Lightning kick off a three-game road trip and will play in a visiting arena for the first time since Mar. 8, as the team is coming off a season-long seven-game homestand on which it went 3-4-0. Even with several regulars out of the lineup, the Lightning have won two straight games, including the most recent contest on Saturday against the Islanders. After Steven Stamkos scored twice to put the Lightning up 2-0 and tie Vincent Lecavalier’s single-season franchise record of 52 goals in the process, Tampa Bay gave up three unanswered goals to fall behind in the third period. Tom Pyatt, though, scored his third goal in two games to tie it and Tim Wallace notched the game-winner just 3:02 later to lead the Bolts to a 4-3 win in which Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves for his second straight win.
FLYERS – Philadelphia plays in the final match of its five-game homestand, while it looks to extend its modest two-game win streak to three games on Monday night against the Lightning. Like Tampa Bay, the Flyers have won two straight after beating both Washington on Thursday night and Montreal on Saturday. Philadelphia found itself tied with the Canadiens 1-1 early on in the second period of Saturday’s contest, but had no trouble after that, as it cruised to a 4-1 victory. Kimmo Timonen and Matt Read had goals for the Flyers, and Danny Briere scored twice to pace the Flyers, who with 96 points, are now just four shy of the 100-point plateau for the second consecutive season. The victory marked the club’s third in four games and was just the first since Mar. 15 that came in regulation.
Steven Stamkos scored twice on Saturday night, including goals 51 and 52 on the season to tie Vincent Lecavalier’s single-season franchise record, while Tom Pyatt comes into Monday with three goals in two games. For the Flyers, both Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr each have two points in their past two games.
FLYERS – Chris Pronger (post-concussion syndrome, placed on Injured Reserve), Tom Sestito (groin surgery, placed on Injured Reserve), James van Riemsdyk (foot, placed on Injured Reserve), Andrej Meszaros (back, placed on Injured Reserve).
“We had talked about it before, about knowing that we were getting chances and that they would go in eventually. You know they are going to come eventually if you keep at it.” – Steven Stamkos, on breaking his four-game goal-less drought to net his 51st and 52nd goals of the season on Saturday
Former Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina has recorded two assists in 10 games for the Flyers since being traded from Tampa Bay to Philadelphia on Feb. 18. Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros also spent two seasons with the Lightning including 2008-09 and 2009-10, recording 33 points in 133 games. Lightning assistant Dan Lacroix is a one-time Flyer, as is Lightning television color analyst Bobby "The Chief" Taylor.