Bolts Look To Continue Road Success Against Flyers Team On 10-Game Home Win Streak
The Tampa Bay Lightning (26-14-4) take on the Philadelphia Flyers (23-17-4) in Philadelphia today at 1:00 pm.
This is the second of three meetings between the two teams. The Lightning won the first matchup 4-2 in what marked Vincent Lecavalier’s first return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum since departing this offseason.
The Bolts returned home after a successful four game Western Canada trip (3-1) only to suffer a hard fought late loss to the Washington Capitals before heading back on the road for three more games.
The road hasn’t been unkind to them as of late as they have won six of their last seven but are taking on a Flyers team that has a 10-game home winning streak. The two teams will meet for the final time on April 10th back at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The Bolts may not have Radko Gudas (lower body) or J.T. Brown (upper body) for this afternoons game but the will certainly be without goalie Ben Bishop who was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Sunday’s game. Anders Lindback will get the start in goal.
Coach Jon Cooper offered nothing more than the hopes he would play in one of the back-to-back games to start next week.
Lecavalier enters the game with 499 career assists and Steve Downie with 99.
The Flyers have been excelling on special teams and have killed off 19 consecutive shorthanded situations over their last six games.
Ondrej Palat enters the game on a career high eight game point streak (four goals, six assists) and he currently holds the Bolts franchise record of consecutive games with a point for a rookie. He also holds the longest streak for rookies in the NHL this season.
Valtteri Filppula has recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assistss) over his past 12 games.