Game 45 Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Philadelphia Flyers

The Lightning, after a brief one-game respite in Tampa, are back on the road again, this time in a matinee tilt against a Flyers squad that has taken off under Craig Berube and is now squarely back in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Tampa Bay, which erased a two goals deficit before allowing a last-minute goal that secured another gut-wrenching loss to the Capitals the other night, has typically responded well after its twelve initial losses in regulation, overtime or the shootout and, as a result, only undertaken four losing streaks. Having to trot out the ever-underwhelming Anders Lindback with its half-season MVP, Ben Bishop, still unavailable makes the prospect of avoiding another seem rather dicey.

Tampa Bay should have its hands full with a club it previously gave the business to in late November anyway as the Flyers, after dispatching the Canadiens on Wednesday, have won three-straight and eight of its last ten matches. Like the Capitals, the Flyers are below-average in many facets at even-strength, especially in terms of driving play, but, for Philly, a stunning return-to-form from netminder Steve Mason, a competent power play and aggressive, excellent — considering it has very nearly spent the most time short-handed in the league — penalty-killing have thus far been great equalizers.

NOTES

STANDINGS

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SEASON SERIES

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ACTIVE ROSTERS

LIGHTNING FLYERS
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STATPACK

RANKINGS

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING RATES
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TEAM POSSESSION, SCORING & SHOOTING PERCENTAGES
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TOTALS

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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PLAYER SCORING
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RATES

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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PERCENTAGES

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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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Team stats cited from Extra Skater.

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