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
"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.