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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Lightning

The Flyers are still away in the sunshine state as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 92 gp (45-35-8-4)

Leading Scorers: PHI: 18pts, Simmonds (10g-8a) | TBL: 23pts, Kucherov (9g-14a)

Power Play: (PHI: 19-for-70, 27.1%, 2nd) (TBL: 19-for-75, 25.3%, 3rd)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 47-of-59, 79.7%, 23rd) (TBL: 55-for-65, 84.6%, 9th)

 

1. JUST FOUR DAYS AGO

This is the second of three meetings on the year and only game in Tampa… The Lightning took the first meeting, 3-0, four days ago in Philadelphia… The Flyers outshot the Lightning 32-18, including 13 to 3 in the third period despite the loss… This is also the third game in that four-day span for the Flyers and back end of their sixth back-to-back set - the Flyers have won four straight when playing the second of back-to-backs and are unbeaten in regulation so far this season going 4-0-1.

 

2. STRIKING TWICE?

At Tampa, the Flyers have dropped eight of their last nine visits, but took the last meeting, 3-1, back in March of last season… The Flyers have not won back-to-back trips at Tampa since the 2009-10 season… To make it even tougher on the Flyers, since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Lightning have won more home games (62) than any other team in the NHL has the best home points percentage (.697)… Tampa is 5-2-1 on home ice this season, but this is the first game at home since Nov. 12 after a five-game road trip.

 

3. NUMBER 2 & 3

Tonight's game sees two of the top 3 power plays in the NHL face off, however both teams are tied for the NHL lead with 19 power-play goals scored… The Flyers are ranked second at over 27 percent and ended a drought of 10 straight power plays without a goal by going 2-for-2 in last night's win at Florida and now own the NHL's best man advantage on the road at 32.1 percent… The Lightning are third in the NHL at 25 percent and have scored on the man advantage in three of their last four games.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: Wayne Simmonds has four goals and six points in his last six games and now leads the Flyers in both goals (10) and points (18).

THAT: Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning in scoring with 23 points (9g-14a)… He has four goals and seven points in his last five games and has not gone two games without a point since Mar. 8-11 of last season.

THE OTHER: Flyers rookie Travis Konecny has a four-game point streak on the road (3g-1a), while Lightning forward Brian Boyle has a three-game point streak on home ice (2g-1a).

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (RW: #10 - Brayden Schenn)

Schenn is coming off a two-point night in Florida with two assists and now leads the Flyers in assists (6) for the month of November, while being tied for the overall point lead with seven points (1g-6a)… Schenn has 10 points (4g-6a) in 15 games against the Lightning in his career and has a three-game point streak in games played at Tampa Bay (2g-1a).

LIGHTNING (G: #88 - Andrei Vasilevskiy)

Andrei Vasilevskiy has posted two straight shutouts and has not allowed a goal in 150:56 of playing time… He has also allowed just one goal in his last 98 shots… The Lightning have allowed just one goal on the penalty kill with Andrei Vasilevskiy in net this season, killing off 20 of 21 attempts… Against the Flyers, he has a 2-1-0 record with an impressive 1.44 GAA and .958 save percentage.

 

TODAY AT 50

Opened in 1967 in time for the start of the Flyers inaugural 1967-68 season, the Spectrum was built on south Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in an area previously known as "East League Island Park." The building was the home of Flyers hockey through the 1995-96 season and later served as the home of the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms. On November, 23, 2010, the first steps to the arena's exterior demolition took place. Ed Snider, Bob Clarke, Bernie Parent and Julius "Dr. J" Erving were among the speakers at the ceremony.

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