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Flyers hit the road to face Lightning

by Eric Goodman

FLYERS (13-15-1) at LIGHTNING (12-15-1)


Last 10: Philadelphia 5-5-0; Tampa Bay 3-7-0

Season series: This is the third and final game this season. Each club earned a win at home in the two previous meetings.

Big story: The race for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference is beginning to take shape, with the Lightning and Flyers both trying to get into the top eight in the standings. Each team has won two of its last three games, but there is still plenty of ground to be made up. Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen is set to play in his 1,000th NHL game, while Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, the NHL's leading goal scorer this season, will try for his 200th career goal Monday.

Team Scope:

Flyers: Philadelphia makes a stop in Tampa to begin a brief two-game road trip and will try to end a three-game road losing streak. The Flyers haven't made much movement in the East standings this month with just a 3-4-0 record thus far. They hope to get things going at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the Flyers are 1-3-0 in their past four games.

On Monday, Philadelphia will hope to duplicate its effort from Friday when it played a very disciplined game that led to a 2-1 shootout victory at home against the New Jersey Devils. The team was patient and focused and got a regulation goal from Max Talbot and the shootout winner from Claude Giroux.

"The most important part I think is we waited for our chances. We didn't force anything for no reason. It paid off for us in the shootout," forward Danny Briere told the team's official website.

Lightning: Coming off a solid 4-1 win against the Southeast rival Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, the Lightning will try for just their second win in the last seven home games. But if Tampa Bay can get secondary scoring Monday similar to what it received Saturday, then its chances for a win will be much greater. Rookie forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat both scored their first career NHL goals against the Hurricanes.

"I’m pleased with the result,” Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher told the team's official website after the game. “We’ve played this way in 14 of our last 16 games, but we just didn’t get the result. So, I was pleased tonight."

Who's hot: For the Flyers, Talbot has goals in two of his last three games. ... Martin St. Louis has a goal and six assists over his last five games for the Lightning.

Injury report: Luke Schenn returned to the Flyers lineup Friday after sitting out the game Wednesday with the flu. The Flyers will be without forwards Tye McGinn (orbital) and Jody Shelley (hip). ... Tom Pyatt returned to the Lightning lineup Saturday after missing one game with an upper-body injury. Captain and forward Vincent Lecavalier (lower body) and forward Benoit Pouliot (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

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