NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 30th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (26-23-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (12-32-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will aim for back-to-back wins for
the first time in a month as they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the
Wachovia Center tonight.
The Flyers ended a nine-game losing streak with a win in Atlanta on Sunday.
The 2-1 triumph was the first win for the club since beating the New York
Islanders on January 2. That victory over the Isles also gave Philadelphia its
longest winning streak of the year at three games.
On Sunday, Jeff Carter scored both goals for Philadelphia and registered the
game-winner with 1:02 left in the third period.
Carter added a second-period goal for the Flyers, who avoided their second 10-
game losing skid of the season. Antero Niittymaki stopped 37 shots to post his
first win since November 30th.
The Flyers are dead last in the NHL with just 29 points and are on pace for
the lowest point total in franchise history.
Philly is playing the first of consecutive games at home tonight. The Flyers,
who are 3-15-4 as the host this year, will also welcome New Jersey to town on
Meanwhile, the Lightning are playing for the first time since Friday's loss to
the visiting Devils. Martin Brodeur put forth a flawless effort, stopping each
of the 28 shots he faced to guide New Jersey past Tampa Bay, 2-0.
Johan Holmqvist made 23 saves in defeat for Tampa Bay, which was playing its
first game since the All-Star break.
The Lightning are 2-1 against the Flyers this year and have won 10 of the last
11 meetings in the regular season. Tampa Bay also beat Philly in seven games
during the 2004 Eastern Conference finals.
01/30 10:57:41 ET