Flyers Look To Continue Energizing Play In Tampa
The Philadelphia Flyers (8-4-2) kick off a three game road trip tonight when they head to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning (7-5-2).
The Flyers are coming off of a 9-2 romp of the Columbus Blue Jackets, in which eight different players found the back of the net.
The team is now averaging 4.00 goals per game, good enough for first in the league (56 in total).
The Lightning are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Panthers. Tampa Bay is on a four game winning streak at home and will look to extend that to five tonight for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
This is the first of four meetings this season.
Tampa Bay had the Flyers number last season winning three of four.
Both these teams are coming into tonight on an up-swing. The Lightning have won six of their last eight and have a record of 4-1 at home.
The Flyers are entering tonight's action winning three of their last four with a record of 4-1 in away games this season.
Expect an exciting game tonight as both these teams have skilled players who can skate and put the puck in the net.
Steven Stamkos and Marc-Andre Bergeron lead the team in points with 15 followed closely by Martin St. Louis with 14 and Teddy Pucell with 12. Stamkos leads the Lightning in goals with 10 and is tied for second in the league with Thomas Vanek. They trail only Toronto's Phil Kessel who has 11.
Stamkos and St. Louis always seem to find their way on to the score sheet when they play against the Flyers.
Last season, Stamkos scored five goals and an assist for six points against the orange and black while Martin St. Louis recorded 10 assists.
Jaromir Jagr and Claude Giroux are the center of the Flyers offense this season.
Giroux leads the team in scoring with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points. Jagr is not far behind with 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points.
In The Nets
Expect Ilya Bryzgalov (6-4-1, 2.94 GAA, 893 SV%) to be in net tonight. While with Phoenix last season, Bryzgalov was 2-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA in three starts against the Lightning.
Look for Dwayne Roloson (4-3-0, 3.31 GAA , .899 SV%) to get the start for the Lightning tonight. After being traded to the Lightning last season he was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA in two starts versus the Flyers.
The Flyers have sent Kyle Welwood back down to the Adirondack Phantoms making room for the return of Matt Read and Chris Pronger (the latter has been confirmed by Sam Carchidi).
Pronger has had two straight practices with the team and aside from some conditioning issues should be in the line up tonight sporting a shield.
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