There's no place like home for the Flyers. After going 1-4-1 on a six-game road trip, the Flyers returned home and took down the NHL's top team.

As great as the Flyers have been on home ice, it was the beginning of a tough schedule there for them. Five of the final six games before the All-Star break are at home, but they come against some of the best in the NHL.

The Flyers next opponent was one of the bigger disappointments in the NHL a month ago, but since then, the Tampa Bay Lightning have risen to second place in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the league in points, due in large part to a current nine-game winning streak that they will bring to Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPTampa Bay LightningGPGAP
Travis Konecny41142438Nikita Kucherov42173249
Sean Couturier44122436Steven Stamkos40172744
Jake Voracek4482634Brayden Point40182240
Claude Giroux44131831Victor Hedman4193140
Ivan Provorov 4491524Alex Killorn41181937
Player to Watch
14 Sean Couturier86 Nikita Kucherov
Last 5 Games: 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, +2Last 5 Games: 4 G, 4 A, 8 P, +8
Sean Couturier has points in four straight games, including three straight with an assist. While he has gone three games without a goal, he did have five shots against the Capitals.
Nikita Kucherov had just 10 goals in the first 30 games of his season. In the last 12 games, he has seven goals and eight assists. As the Lightning have heated up, Kucherov has led the charge, producing at the same rate as last season.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart88 Andrei Vasilevskiy
30 GP, 14-10-3, 2.58 GAA, .906 SV%32 GP, 21-9-2, 2.66 GAA, .913 SV%

Back at home, Carter Hart turned in another strong performance, making 26 saves on 28 shots against Washington after allowing two first-period goals. Hart has 12 of his 14 wins on home ice this season.

Another member of the Lightning back to his 2018-19 form is Andrei Vasilevskiy. Since Dec. 7, Vasilevskiy has a 11-1-1 record in 13 starts. He allowed three goals or more in five of the first nine games of that stretch, but in his last four games has allowed two goals or less in each. His last start was his only shutout in that time, stopping all 25 shots faced against Arizona on Thursday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Shayne Gostisbehere (knee, day-to-day), Justin Braun (groin, out until All-Star break), Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Scratches: Chris Stewart (healthy)

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk13 Kevin Hayes62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
18 Tyler Pitlick12 Michael Raffl93 Jake Voracek
72 David Kase21 Scott Laughton49 Joel Farabee
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg59 Mark Friedman
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

The Flyers lineup remains the same as Wednesday's with the only change being made to the fourth line. The Flyers sent down Mikhail Vorobyev on Thursday and called up David Kase. Kase will play wing on the fourth line and Scott Laughton moves to center.

Lightning Projected Lineup

Injuries: Ondrej Palat, Ryan McDonagh

Scratches: Luke Schenn 

Left WingCenterRight Wing
91 Steven Stamkos21 Brayden Point86 Nikita Kucherov
17 Alex Killorn71 Anthony Cirelli9 Tyler Johnson
23 Carter Verhaeghe67 Mitchell Stephens37 Yanni Gourde
92 Alexander Volkov13 Cedric Paquette14 Patrick Maroon
77 Victor Hedman44 Jan Rutta
98 Mikhail Sergachev22 Kevin Shattenkirk
55 Braydon Coburn81 Erik Cernak
88 Andrei Vasilevskiy35 Curtis McElhinney

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-18th), Lightning (2nd)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (11th), Lightning (8th)
  • Recent History vs. Lightning
    • Nov. 17, 2018 - Lightning 6, Flyers 5 (F/OT) (at PHI)
    • Dec. 27, 2018 - Lightning 6, Flyers 5 (F/OT) (at TB)
    • Feb. 19, 2019 - Lightning 5, Flyers 2 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Lightning
    • Claude Giroux - 35 GP, 5 G, 31 A, 36 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 34 GP, 15 G, 13 A, 28 P
    • Travis Konecny - 9 GP, 5 G, 2 A, 7 P
    • Ivan Provorov - 9 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 P
    • Kevin Hayes - 13 GP, 5 G, 5 A, 10 P
    • Carter Hart - 1 GP, 0-1-0, 18.00 GAA, .667 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Shayne Gostisbehere needs one point to reach 200 for his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Radio: 93.3 WMMR

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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