GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (26-16-6-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (26-11-11-5).
TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.
Looking to match the longest winning streak in team history, the Tampa Bay
Lightning try to win a season series from the Philadelphia Flyers for the first
time as these first-place clubs meet at the Wachovia Center.
This matchup pits two streaking teams who both have 26 victories, though the
Flyers' 68 points puts them seven ahead of Tampa Bay and gives them a slim lead
over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning have built an 11-point
lead over Atlanta in the Southeast.
Philadelphia has dominated this series since Tampa Bay entered the league in
1992. The Flyers had a 30-9-8 all-time record against the Lightning entering
this season, including just four losses in the last 27 meetings (18-4-5).
Tampa Bay has turned that around this season, totaling 11 goals in winning
both meetings. The final matchup between these teams will be Feb. 17 in Tampa.
The Lightning have won five in a row to move within one of a franchise
record, set at this season's outest as Tampa opened 6-0.
"The most important thing is to keep it going," said Lightning winger
Fredrik Modin, who had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 victory over
Philadelphia enters with a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1), including a
5-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. All of the games during the
unbeaten run have come against teams with losing records.
"You talk about chemistry, and we've got a little bit of that going right
now," said John LeClair, who scored his 14th goal Saturday.
"The last couple of games have been a little bit open, we've been able to
play a little bit of offensive hockey ... it's always fun to play like that
instead of back and forth in the neutral zone."
The line of LeClair, Michal Handzus and Mark Recchi has keyed the unbeaten
streak, accounting for seven goals and 20 assists.
Martin St. Louis has led the Lightning lately, getting nine goals and eight
assists during a career-high nine-game point streak.