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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning

Having clinched playoff berth, Flyers gunning for home-ice advantage

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning




The Flyers come into tonight's game with their last three games decided by a 5-2 score, winning the last two… Tonight is the first time the Flyers will face Tampa Bay with Ryan Callahan in the lineup, he has recorded 11 points (6g-5a) in 17 games since joining the Lightning… The Lightning own a 23-10-6 mark at home this season and are 6-2-3 over the past 11 games on home ice… With three games remaining, the Flyers are tied with Detroit and Columbus entering tonight’s game, but have a game in hand on both teams, and could still face a few different teams in the First Round of the playoffs, while the Lightning are fighting for home-ice advantage in the First Round with Montreal, sitting in third place and three points behind the Canadiens with one game in hand.




The Flyers are winless against the Lightning so far this season, going 0-2-0, and will be looking to avoid getting swept by the Lightning for just the second time in franchise history and first since the 2005-06 season (0-4-0)… The Flyers haven't had much success in Tampa either, going winless in their last four trips dating back to 2010-11… During this year's season series, the Lightning have scored six of their 10 goals in the second period, while the Flyers have been held off the scoresheet in the first period, scoring all five of their goals in the second & third period…  The Flyers do own winning records against Tampa, going 22-19-1-1 on the road and posting an overall mark of 42-29-8-3.




The Flyers have killed off their last 20 penalties on the road dating back to Mar. 2, and have allowed just two power-play goals to the opposition in their last 11 road games, going 34-for-36 dating back to Jan. 22… The Lightning have scored a power-play goal in eight of their past 12 games, going 13-for-52 (25%)… Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback has started each of the past five games against the Flyers and owns an all-time record of 4-3-0 against Philadelphia to go along with a 2.30 goals-against average and .918 save percentage... Flyers defenseman Mark Streit comes into tonight's game with a three-game assist streak, posting five assists in that stretch… Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is tied for 4th in the NHL among defensemen in scoring with 53 points - he has 10 points (2g-8a) in his past 10 games.
 




The Flyers captain is coming off a two-goal performance in south Florida bring his point total to 81 points in 79 games… He is one point shy of finishing the season averaging at least a point per-game for the third consecutive season… He now leads the Flyers in points (81), goals (27) and assists (54) and his 81-point total currently ranks fifth among all NHL players… He also leads the team in points on the power play (34), game-winning-goals (7) and all Flyers forwards in average time-on-ice (20:32)… Giroux has three points, all assists, in two games of the season series thus far and averages nearly a point-per-game against the Lightning with 17 points, 14 of them assists, in 19 career games.
Palat is a serious contender to take home the NHL's Rookie of the Year, Calder Trophy… The first-year forward ranks second among all rookies with 57 points, 35 assists and ranks third with 22 goals while leading all rookies in plus-minus at +30 in 79 games… His 57 points are tied for second among all players on the Lightning… Recently Palat has been riding a four-game point streak with three goals and six points in that span… Against the Flyers this season, he has one goal in two games, but has a pair of goals in three career games against Philadelphia.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 161 110 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 146 132 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NJD 53 26 20 7 117 118 59
7 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
8 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 117 128 55
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 49 16 27 -3 43
J. Voracek 49 8 33 3 41
W. Simmonds 49 18 16 -4 34
B. Schenn 47 14 15 -1 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
S. Gostisbehere 31 8 16 4 24
M. Read 48 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 49 4 10 -6 14
M. Raffl 49 6 6 4 12
M. Del Zotto 47 3 9 -8 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 12 6 .916 2.71
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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