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Flyers-Lightning Preview

Tuesday, 11.22.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking more like the defending Stanley Cup champions with each successive game.

The rejuvenated Lightning pursue their fourth win in five games when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center.

Tampa Bay opened November with six straight losses before defeating the Flyers on Nov. 14 at home by a 5-2 score.

Since then, the Lightning have won three of four, including a 5-2 road win Sunday over the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes. With its second victory of the season over Carolina, Tampa Bay moved within six points of the Hurricanes.

"It's a division game, it's a team that's in front of us and we're chasing," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "Coming in here, into their building, and grabbing a couple of points is very important."

Tampa Bay's Ruslan Fedotenko has goals in three straight games and Fredrik Modin has three goals and two assists in his last four appearances.

Scoring leader Vaclav Prospal has quietly put together a 13-game points streak with eight goals and 13 assists during his run. He had a hat trick in Tampa Bay's win over Philadelphia earlier this month.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, is looking for its league-leading 10th home win of the season. The Flyers have dropped two straight overtime decisions on home ice and are tied with the Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators for the most home wins.

Philadelphia is coming off a 6-3 road win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Simon Gagne scored twice - including his league-leading 20th - and the Flyers added three scores in the third period.

"We didn't sit back and wait for them to come at us like we did the last couple of games," Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg said. "We kept on playing and we got another goal."

Gagne, who needs four goals to match his output in 80 games in 2003-04, has five multi-goal games this season.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 21): Lightning - 23 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Southeast Division. Flyers - 27 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Lightning - Prospal, 13 goals, 18 assists and 31 points; Pavel Kubina, 38 PIM. Flyers - Gagne, 20 goals; Forsberg, 30 assists and 36 points; Joni Pitkanen, 38 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 21): Lightning - Power play: 13.8 percent (19 for 137), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (98 for 116), 9th. Flyers - Power play: 21 percent (28 for 133), 6th. Penalty killing: 74.8 percent (98 for 133), 30th.

GOALTENDERS: Lightning - John Grahame (8-8-1, 1 SO, 2.85 GAA); Sean Burke (2-0-2, 0, 1.87). Flyers - Robert Esche (8-3-2, 0, 3.29); Antero Niittymaki (4-1-1, 0, 3.61).

SEASON SERIES: Lightning, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 14; Lightning, 5-2. At Tampa, Fla., Prospal scored three goals and the Lightning limited Philadephia to a pair of power-play tallies by Forsberg.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Lightning - 5-5-2 on the road; Flyers - 9-1-2 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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