Philadelphia Flyers (23-15-6, 52pts)
Tampa Bay Lightning (26-13-4, 56pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 0-1-2
All-Time Record: 100gp (47-38-8-7)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 38-pts (14g-24a)
TBL - Nikita Kucherov: 49-pts (17g-32a)
1. NO REST FOR WEARY
The Flyers kick off a four games in six-day span, as well as a five games in eight day stretch... It's also the second of a string of four straight games in which the Flyers play an opponent either first or second in their respective division and have a win percentage above .650, as well as five of seven games heading into the NHL bye wee/All-Star break... The Flyers have played the second-least amount of home games so far this season (20), while the Lightning have played the second-least amount of road games (20).
2. WHERE THE HEART IS
The Flyers are currently riding a five-game home winning streak dating back to Dec. 7... They have scored four or more goals and allowed two or less goals in four of the five games... The Flyers continue to have the best home winning percentage in the NHL at .800 and have the fewest amount of combined losses (regulation+overtime+shootout) with six in the league... They're also one of only two teams (BOS) with two or fewer regulation losses at home... The Flyers are fourth in the NHL in scoring at home, averaging 3.75 goals per-game, while lead the NHL and are the only team with a goals-against average under 2 at 1.95.
3. NINE LIVES
The Lightning come in as the hottest team in the NHL with nine straight wins... In that span, they have gone from 6th in the Atlantic Division to 2nd, as well as 11th in the Conference to now 5th... During the streak, which began on Dec. 23, the Lightning have all nine wins in regulation, outscored their opponent, 42-17, and have five players averaging over a point per-game led by Steven Stamkos (4g-10a) and Brayden Point (5g-9a) with 14 points... Andrei Vasilevskiy is 7-0-0 in that span with a 1.86 GAA and .940 save percentage.
4. US & THEM
This is the first meeting of the year between the two teams and the Lightning are the final team in the Eastern Conference that the Flyers have yet to face this season... The Flyers dropped all three games to Tampa last year, which is also part of a five-game losing skid to the Lightning in which the Flyers have gone 0-2-3 and the teams have combined for at least six goals on each occasion, and a combined average of 9.4 goals scored... The Lighting come into tonight's game with the second-best power-play in the NHL at 29%, while the Flyers have the third-best penalty kill on home ice at 87.1%.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #13 - Kevin Hayes)
Hayes has points in two straight games and also comes into tonight with three goals in his last two home games (two of which are game-winning goals) and has five points (3g-2a) in his last three games on home ice... Against the Lightning, Hayes has five goals and 10 points in 13 career games with nine of those points (4g-5a) in his last nine games.
LIGHTNING (C: #21 - Brayden Point)
Point enters tonight's game with a seven-game point streak, posting 10 points (4g-6a) in that span... Point is tied for the team lead in goals (18) and is T-3rd in points (40)... Against the Flyers, Point averages over a point per-game with five goals and nine points in seven games, and has three goals in his last two games at the Wells Fargo Center.