Lightning took apart the Flyers in the first meeting winning 5-1 after scoring 3 PowerPlay goals. It was during goaltender Michael Leighton's first start of the season. Tonight will be Ilya Bryzgalov's chance to help the Flyers even the series out at 1. Bryzgalov has played very well for the Flyers this season with a GAA (goals against average) of 2.40 and save percentage of .920.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been red hot so far this season, scoring an NHL high 39 goals in 8 games (the next highest is team has 31). In fact Tampa Bay has only been held under 3 goals one time this season. Saturday night the New York Rangers defeated the Lightning 3-2, which was their first loss in 5 games and was the only game of their season in which they were held to under 3 goals.
With so many goals being scored for Tampa Bay, they already have 4 players in double digits for points: Steven Stamkos 16, Martin St. Louis 14, Cory Conacher 12, and Vincent Lecavalier 11.
Matt Read is the Flyers leading scorer with 7 points, while Claude Giroux is second with 6.
The Flyers have struggled against Tampa Bay over the last few seasons winning only 1 game in regulation against them in their last 9 contests. They are 2-6-1 in their over that span.
Drop the Puck:
The Flyers will host the Lightning tonight at 7:30 PM.