The Flyers kicked off their stay in Florida by defeating the Panthers for the second time this week, opening up a 4-0 lead before finishing off the game in a 6-2 victory.

Their final game of a three-game road trip comes against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Much like the first meeting against the Lightning, Tampa enters as the hottest team in the league, currently on a nine-game winning streak, just as they were when they paid a visit to Philadelphia on Jan. 11.

Game time is 4 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPTampa Bay LightningGPGAP
Sean Couturier58173451Nikita Kucherov56274370
Travis Konecny55192847Steven Stamkos52263359
Jake Voracek58113243Brayden Point55203555
Claude Giroux58152742Victor Hedman5693847
James van Riemsdyk 58172037Alex Killorn56212142
Player to Watch
11 Travis Konecny86 Nikita Kucherov
Last 5 Games: 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, -2Last 5 Games: 3 G, 6 A, 9 P, +6
Travis Konecny has goals in two of the past four games for the Flyers and his speed is an element that will be needed in this game. Konecny can serve as a spark plug in these games and should be a player looking to get involved early.
Nikita Kucherov missed Tampa's last game with injury after leaving their 2-1 win over the Penguins on Tuesday early. Kucherov has three goals in the last five games and has tallied nine points, so he's getting hot at the right time as the Lightning make a run.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart88 Andrei Vasilevskiy
34 GP, 17-11-3, 2.54 GAA, .908 SV%43 GP, 31-9-3, 2.41 GAA, .921 SV%

Two games since his return from injury, Carter Hart has picked up two wins against the Panthers. He was excellent through the first two periods of Thursday's game, then allowed two tough goals before locking things down in the third period, finishing with 26 saves. His only loss in his last five starts dates back to the first meeting of the season against the Lightning, where he allowed just one goal on 28 shots in a 1-0 loss.

It's been quite the run for Andrei Vasilevskiy. First, he's on a seven-game winning streak and has won 17 of his last 18 starts, with his only loss coming in overtime on Jan. 27 to Dallas. In fact, his last two losses have come in overtime to Dallas, the other on Dec. 19, and he hasn't lost in regulation since Dec. 14 against Washington. Vasilevskiy posted a 23-save shutout against the Flyers on Jan. 11.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Scratches: Shayne Gostisbehere

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
49 Joel Farabee13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk21 Scott Laughton18 Tyler Pitlick
12 Michael Raffl82 Connor Bunnaman62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

There are no changes expected to the Flyers lineup for Saturday. Morgan Frost was sent down to Lehigh Valley on Friday, as the team will head home following Saturday's game and don't need the extra forward at this time.

Lightning Projected Lineup

Injuries: Ryan McDonagh, Jan Rutta

Scratches: Mathieu Jospeh, Cameron Gaunce

Left WingCenterRight Wing
91 Steven Stamkos21 Brayden Point86 Nikita Kucherov
18 Ondrej Palat71 Anthony Cirelli9 Tyler Johnson
17 Alex Killorn13 Cedric Paquette14 Patrick Maroon
23 Carter Verhaeghe67 Mitchell Stephens37 Yanni Gourde
77 Victor Hedman81 Erik Cernak
98 Mikhail Sergechev22 Kevin Shattenkirk
55 Braydon Coburn2 Luke Schenn
88 Andrei Vasilevskiy35 Curtis McElhinney

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (19th), Lightning (5th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-12th), Lightning (2nd)
  • 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)
    • Jan. 11, 2020 - Lightning 1, Flyers 0 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Lightning
    • Claude Giroux - 36 GP, 5 G, 31 A, 36 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 35 GP, 15 G, 13 A, 28 P
    • Jake Voracek - 27 GP, 5 G, 15 A, 20 P
    • Kevin Hayes - 14 GP, 5 G, 5 A, 10 P
    • Carter Hart - 2 GP, 0-2-0, 3.53 GAA, .892 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux needs two power-play assists to pass Bobby Clarke for first on the Flyers all-time list.
    • Scott Laughton needs three points to reach 100 for his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

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

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