GAME: Philadelphia Flyers (31-13-11-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (30-17-7-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST.
Martin St. Louis could very well win the Hart Trophy by the time he's done.
St. Louis will look to continue his MVP-like season when the Tampa Bay
Lightning host the Philadelphia Flyers in a battle of division leaders.
As the Lightning continue to run away with the Southeast Division, St. Louis
is on pace to easily surpass his career highs of 70 points and 33 goals, set
The 5-foot-9, 181-pound right wing sits fourth in the league in points with
63, fifth in goals with 28 and tied for fifth with a plus-22 rating.
As impressive as all that is, St. Louis has developed an even bigger
reputation as a tenacious penalty killer.
St. Louis scored his league-leading seventh short-handed goal in Saturday's
3-2 win over Florida. He also leads the NHL with nine short-handed points.
"St. Louis is a madman on short-handed situation, bottom line," Florida
coach John Torchetti said. "He works hard, and that's what it's all about."
St. Louis, who has four goals and eight points during a four-game point
streak, scored the eventual game-winning goal on a breakaway with 1:18 left in
the second period.
"You get a chance to go, you got to go," St. Louis said. "It's a big
turnaround. You want to capitalize on those chances. It's tough on the other
team when they're on the power-play and we have the puck. It's annoying."
Though the Lightning are unbeaten in four (3-0-1), have won nine of their
last 11 (9-1-1) and own a 16-point lead over second-place Florida in the
Southeast, coach John Tortorella wants his team to remain focused.
"I get a kick ... I hear a lot of things that we have this division sewn
up," Tortorella said. "We don't have anything sewn up. We have a lot of
hockey to play and a lot of things can happen."
The Flyers had their five-game winning streak halted with a 5-2 loss to
visiting San Jose on Monday.
John LeClair and Simon Gagne scored for the Eastern Conference-leading
Flyers, who lost for just the second time in 12 games (9-2-1).
Sean Burke allowed five goals on 20 shots, losing for the first time in
three starts since coming to the Flyers in a trade last week.
"There's no excuse," Flyers forward Mark Recchi said. "We had a bad
practice in the morning and it carried over into the game."
The Flyers were without All-Star centers Jeremy Roenick (concussion, broken
jaw) and Keith Primeau (concussion) for the second straight game. Roenick could
miss the rest of the regular season, and Primeau's return is uncertain.