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Tampa Bay 5-4-1; Flyers 6-2-2
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This is the first of three meetings between the two clubs during the 2013-14 season. Last year the Bolts won two of three contests versus Philly, outscoring the Flyers 10-5. Their next game will come in Philadelphia in January, before closing out the three-game set back in the confines of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in April.
Former captain Vincent Lecavalier will return to the Tampa Bay for the first time since his departure at the end of last season. On a six-game home winning streak, the Bolts have gone 5-0-1 against the Flyers over their past six home games. Philadelphia has lost two straight on the road.
LIGHTNING – The Bolts hit a bump in the road last week, losing all four games and collecting just one of a possible eight points, in their West Coast swing. However with Martin St. Louis being honored and Steven Stamkos surprising everyone by walking on his own, spirits were high heading into Monday night’s game. The Lightning also got back to their defensive-minded game, blocking 24 shots and handing the Rangers a shutout.
With an off-day in between Monday and Wednesday’s contest, Tampa Bay hopes the momentum carries over against their second straight Metropolitan Division opponent tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Lightning have also had some recent transactions with their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch as of late to add more bodies to the roster. These have included 20-year-old Nikita Kucherov and Dana Tyrell, while J.T. Brown also remains part of the mix.
FLYERS – Lecavalier said it was hard to focus on the game prior to Wednesday’s bout with the Bolts, as it was going to be the first time he would be in the visiting locker room at the Times Forum. It seemed the whole team was distracted, dropping their first regular season contest in eight games, 3-1, to the Florida Panthers. Lecavalier has 13 points (eight goals and five assists) in 19 games for the Flyers this season.
Philadelphia now looks to get back on track in just the second game of a stretch that features eight of nine contest away from Wells Fargo Center.
Leading all Lightning skaters with two goals and three assists against the Flyers in 2012-13, forward Teddy Purcell is coming off a three point (two goals, one assist) night Monday. St. Louis also added two goals and one assist versus the Blueshirts last game.
Lightning – D Keith Aulie (upper body, day-to-day), D Radko Gudas (upper body, day-to-day), D Brian Lee (knee, out), F Ryan Malone (lower body, day-to-day), F Tom Pyatt (broken collarbone, out), F Steven Stamkos (broken right tibia, out); Flyers – D Marc-Andre Bourdon (concussion)
Recent Lightning Transactions:
11/22 Reassigned Forward Brett Connolly to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
11/24 Recalled Defenseman Dmitry Korobov from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
11/24 Recalled Forward Nikita Kucherov from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
11/26 Reassigned Defenseman Dmitry Korobov to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
11/27 Recalled Forward Dana Tyrell from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Twitter Stat Pack:
The #TBLightning rank third in the NHL with 46 home goals, while the #Flyers rank 28th in the league with 21 road goals.
Killing-off 57 of their past 62 penalties in their past 19 games, the #Bolts penalty kill is the third-best in the NHL at 86.2%.
The #Bolts @BenBishop30 ranks second in the league for wins with 14 and has won seven of his past 10 starts.
Surpassing assistant coach Steve Thomas for all-time NHL points Monday, the #TBLightning’s Martin St. Louis is two points behind Jason Arnott for No. 91 on the list.
“One of the first things I looked at this year when we got the schedule this year was when we would come to Tampa Bay. It’s nice to see everybody, old teammates, trainers and people you’ve worked with and built relationships with all these years. It’s nice to be back to the building and I’m excited for the game.” – Flyers Vincent Lecavalier on his return to Tampa Bay
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