NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, November 14th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (11-3-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (7-9-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Philadelphia Flyers and the slumping Tampa Bay
Lightning meet together this evening at St. Pete Times Forum in a rematch of
the 2004 Eastern Conference finals.
The Lightning eliminated the Flyers in seven games during the NHL's last
playoffs and went on to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Calgary Flames four
games to three.
However, Tampa Bay has struggled early this season and is in the midst of a
six-game losing streak. The latest loss came Friday evening in Atlanta, as the
Thrashers posted a 5-2 victory. Ilya Kovalchuk scored four straight goals for
Atlanta in the win.
Vaclav Prospal scored a goal to extend his point-scoring streak to nine games
and Ruslan Fedotenko notched his third goal of the season for the Lightning.
John Grahame stopped 19-of-23 shots before giving way to backup Gerald Coleman
at the start of the third period.
The Lightning are just 3-4-1 at the St. Pete Times Forum this year.
The Flyers, meanwhile, have won six straight games, including Saturday's 5-4
victory over the Florida Panthers at the Wachovia Center.
Mike Knuble scored his second goal of the game while Philadelphia was
shorthanded with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to lead the Flyers to victory.
Jeff Carter also scored shorthanded for Philadelphia, which won its ninth in a
row at home.
Simon Gagne and Joni Pitkanen added goals for the Flyers, while Robert Esche
made 26 saves in the win.
This is the first meeting of the season between the Flyers and Tampa Bay. The
Lightning have won four straight matchups in the regular season, but the
Flyers have taken six of the last nine in Tampa.
11/14 10:41:59 ET