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Tampa Bay eyes 10th straight win; Philadelphia is 2-4-1 in past seven games

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

LIGHTNING (26-13-4) at FLYERS (23-15-6)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP+, SUN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning can tie a team record with their 10th straight win when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The Lightning, who previously won 10 straight from Feb. 9-27, 2019, have outscored their opponents 42-17 during their nine-game winning streak. 

Philadelphia, which defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Wednesday, is trying for victories in consecutive games for the first time since winning four in a row from Dec. 17-23. Since that four-game winning streak, the Flyers are 2-4-1.


Players to watch

Lightning forward Brayden Point has 10 points (four goals, six assists) during a seven-game point streak.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart is 8-0-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in his past eight home games.


They said it

"You don't want to get too comfortable in this situation. We've been fortunate to win nine but we realize how hard it is to win every single night. Just keep doing a lot of the same things." -- Lightning forward Alex Killorn

"That skill level, that speed level, that execution level that they have, and the shooters that they have, are a challenge for any team in the NHL. We just played Washington, which is No. 1 in the NHL, but right now the team that's playing the best in the NHL is Tampa Bay. It's going to be a real good game for us." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault


Lightning projected lineup

Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson

Yanni Gourde -- Mitchell Stephens -- Carter Verhaeghe

Alexander Volkov -- Cedric Paquette -- Pat Maroon

Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta

Braydon Coburn -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Luke Schenn

Injured: Ryan McDonagh (upper body), Ondrej Palat (lower body)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk -- Kevin Hayes -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Jakub Voracek -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

David Kase -- Scott Laughton -- Joel Farabee

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg -- Mark Friedman

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma), Justin Braun (groin), Shayne Gostisbehere (knee)


Status report

The Lightning did not hold a morning skate. ... Palat won't play Saturday but coach Jon Cooper said the forward, who is day to day after getting injured in a 4-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, could play against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Volkov, who was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Friday, will play his first NHL game since Nov. 9. ... McDonagh won't play Saturday or Sunday but the Lightning hope the defenseman can play at least one of their three games next week before the break for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game. ... Braun was one of five players taking part in the Flyers' optional morning skate, but the defenseman is not expected to play until after the All-Star break.


Stat pack

Stamkos has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his past nine games. Vasilevskiy is 7-0-0 with a 1.86 GAA and .940 save percentage in his past seven games. ... Couturier has six points (two goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak. Vigneault needs one win to tie Mike Keenan (672) for 11th in NHL history.

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