Flyers-Lightning Preview: Hart Back in Goal, Lindblom Back in Lineup
In March 2020, on the day the NHL and the rest of the sports world paused at the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Flyers were in Tampa Bay to face the Lightning in their latest test on an extended hot streak and run to a possible Metro Division title. That game never happened, but the two teams did get to meet in the Round Robin finale in the playoffs a few months later, with the Flyers claiming the win and the top seed for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
That was the last time these two teams faced off. Since then, the Lightning not only claimed the 2020 Stanley Cup, but followed it up with another title in 2021. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions are in town and the circumstances remain the same. The Flyers are in for another early season test.
Game time is 7 p.m.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Tampa Bay Lightning||GP||G||A||P|
|Sean Couturier||14||5||8||13||Steven Stamkos||14||8||8||16|
|Claude Giroux||14||5||7||12||Alex Killorn||14||7||7||14|
|Cam Atkinson||14||7||2||9||Victor Hedman||14||2||11||13|
|Travis Konecny||14||4||4||8||Brayden Point||14||6||6||12|
|Justin Braun||14||1||7||8||Ondrej Palat||14||4||6||10|
Carter Hart is back in net for Thursday's game. Hart was outstanding again, making 33 saves in Tuesday's win against the Flames. His record has now improved to 5-3-2 after back-to-back wins in his last two starts, and he's made 72 saves on 74 shots in that time.
It's no surprise that the Lightning will turn to Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal. Like Hart, he's taken his share of losses in the record, but the numbers match his typical performance. Vasilevskiy has also won his last two starts, allowing just three goals on 54 shots.
Flyers Scratches: Ryan Ellis (injury), Patrick Brown (injury)
- Flyers: Patrick Brown suffered a dislocated thumb in Tuesday's game, which will result in him being out week-to-week. Lindblom comes back into the lineup in his place. Alain Vigneault also hinted that another player may not be able to play due to injury, but that remains to be seen for now.
- Lightning: There are no anticipated lineup changes from the Lightning's previous game on Monday.
- Power Play: Flyers (26th), Lightning (17th)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (12th), Lightning (10th)
- Recent History vs. Lightning
- Aug. 8, 2020 - Flyers 4, Lightning 1 (Round Robin)
- Feb. 15, 2020 - Lightning 5, Flyers 3 (at TB)
- Jan. 11, 2020 - Lightning 1, Flyers 0 (at PHI)
- Flyers Leaders vs. Lightning
- Claude Giroux - 37 GP, 6 G, 32 A, 38 P
- Ivan Provorov - 11 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 P
- James van Riemsdyk - 36 GP, 16 G, 13 A, 29 P
- Travis Konecny - 11 GP, 5 G, 3 A, 8 P
- Derick Brassard - 24 GP, 5 G, 11 A, 16 P
- Kevin Hayes - 15 GP, 5 G, 5 A, 10 P
- Carter Hart - 3 GP, 0-3-0, 3.84 GAA, .867 SV%
- Milestone Watch
- Travis Konecny needs two goals to reach 100 for his career.
- Claude Giroux needs four power-play points to pass Bobby Clarke for the Flyers all-time franchise lead.
Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network