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Philadelphia
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40-21-15-6
Tampa Bay
Lightning
46-22-8-6

19 SOG
27 SOG
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game preview

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday, 01.03.2004 / 7:30 PM

Associated Press

Flyers-Lightning Preview

GAME: Philadelphia Flyers (20-6-9-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (15-14-6-1).

TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Philadelphia Flyers are carrying mixed emotions into their road game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On the one hand, center Mike Comrie is on a roll. He has proven to be everything the Flyers were hoping for when they acquired his rights from Edmonton on Dec. 16 and later signed him to a one-year deal.

On the other, Keith Primeau, arguably the Flyers' best two-way player all season, could miss two to three weeks after breaking his right thumb during Friday's 2-1 win over Florida.

Comrie scored both goals Friday, and has three goals and two assists in four games for the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers, who are 3-3-3-3 in their last 12.

"Mike's a good player," said Simon Gagne, who assisted on both goals. "He's patient and he makes things happen."

Comrie is just happy to be playing considering he held out all season in Edmonton due to contract problems.

"As a team, we're satisfied because we're playing well," said Comrie, who had 53 goals and 111 points for Edmonton from 2001-03. "Our line is happy we were able to contribute offensively and defensively."

Primeau broke his right thumb when he was hit by a slap shot off the stick of Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. He said he will visit a hand specialist once the Flyers return to Philadelphia after Saturday's game.

"He's been our best player all year," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, who indicated Primeau could miss about two to three weeks. "He's your captain. That's what makes the team. People have to step up."

Defenseman Chris Therien, who has missed the last two games due to back spasms, skated before Friday's game and could be available against Tampa Bay.

The Lightning have won just four of their last 20 games (4-12-4), including an embarrassing 2-0 home loss to lowly Columbus on Friday.

"It's very frustrating," forward Vincent Lecavalier said. "I thought we were pretty dominant the whole time. Their goalie probably played one of the best games of his season. What can you do?"

The Lightning have score just 79 goals in 36 games.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 17 '04PHI 2 at TBL 5B. Richards
Feb 02 '04TBL 2 at PHI 1R. Fedotenko
Jan 03 '04PHI 1 at TBL 6F. Modin
Dec 18 '03TBL 5 at PHI 4 - OTM. St. Louis
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