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Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers preview: The win streak is threatened due to injuries

Alex Volkov is getting another opportunity to play in the NHL.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers Game 44

Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: Wells Fargo Center

Broadcast/Streaming: Fox Sports Sun, NBCSP+

Opponent SBNation Site: Broad Street Hockey

Preview:

The Tampa Bay Lightning are heading to Philadelphia with hopes of extending their winning streak to 10 games. With one more win, they will also match the longest win streak in the franchise history, which was set during last season. The Lightning are playing their second back-to-back set during the week, facing the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

The Bolts are coming into this game with several injuries. Ondrej Palat is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and could return if not tonight, then for the second half of the back-to-back games. Ryan McDonagh is out for both of the next two games and will be day-to-day after. Pat Maroon played just seven minutes against the Coyotes and left the game after taking an elbow to the face, but appeared in practice yesterday and will be ready for tonight’s game.

As an insurance, the Lightning recalled Alex Volkov from the Syracuse Crunch. It will be the second chance this season for the 22-year-old forward to make the team. During his last recall, Volkov was given an opportunity to play with Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos on the first line. Despite starting 79% of his shifts in the offensive zone, his line was mostly outshot and he averaged just 39% of expected goal share during his four games with the Lightning.

The Philadelphia Flyers also have to deal with several injuries, mostly on the defensive side. Justin Braun is out until the All-Star break with a groin injury and Shayne Gostisbehere is out for approximately three weeks due to arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The Flyers are also missing Nolan Patrick who has been out since the start of the season and Oskar Lindblom who was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in December.

The Flyers currently sit in the second wild card spot, but their opponents are pushing. The Columbus Blue Jackets are already just two points behind and the Florida Panthers are even closer, trailing by only one point.

It’s the first meeting between two teams this season. During the previous season, the Flyers got swept by the Lightning 0-3, although two of these games were decided in overtime following big comebacks by the Flyers.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward Lines

Steven Stamkos - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Volkov (?) - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson

Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Alex Killorn

Carter Verhaeghe - Mitchell Stephens - Yanni Gourde

Defense Pairings

Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta

Braydon Coburn - Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Scratched: Luke Schenn

Injured: Ryan McDonagh, Ondrej Palat

Goaltenders

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Philadelphia Flyers

Forward Lines

Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny

James Van Riemsdyk - Kevin Hayes - Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Tyler Pitlick - Michael Raffl - Jakub Voracek

David Kase - Scott Laughton - Joel Farabee

Defense Pairings

Ivan Provorov - Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim - Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg - Mark Friedman

Goaltenders

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Injured: Nolan Patrick, Oskar Lindblom, Justin Braun, Shayne Gostisbehere