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Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning preview: Can the win streak continue?

The Bolts look to extend their win streak to 10 games.

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Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning: GAME 59

Time: 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: Amalie Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SUN, NBCSP

Opponent SBNation Site: Broad Street Hockey

Preview:

They may have been hit with the injury bug lately, but the Tampa Bay Lightning continue to rack up points late in the season. They’ve won nine straight games and earned at least a point in their last eleven matches. They host the Philadelphia Flyers in their last game of a quick two-game homestand before heading back out on west next week.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia is coming off a huge 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers, and they’ve had an up-and-down stretch since coming back from their bye-week. In the games that they’ve won, they’ve outscored their opponents significantly. But their offense can also go silent at times.

The injury-riddled Bolts got a boost at Friday’s practice when all three of Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Anthony Cirelli were active participants. Although head coach Jon Cooper didn’t say for sure whether any of the three would play tonight, it’s an encouraging sign that all three were on the ice yesterday. Tyler Johnson, who missed that practice with a maintenance day, will also be a game-time decision for the team tonight.

We likely won’t know which of the forwards will be available until game time this afternoon. If two of the four are unable to play, defender Cameron Gaunce could get another game. He took shifts at forward during Thursday’s win against the Edmonton Oilers.

As for the Flyers, their forward group is finally healthy, and they’re just waiting for their blueline to catch up. Despite leaving their last game early with an injury, Travis Sanheim will play against the Lightning tonight. He’s been one of their best defensemen lately, so that is huge for them. Shayne Gostisbehere will likely be heading for an AHL conditioning stint before returning to the Flyers lineup.

Carter Hart will start for Philly, and he has been hot in his last five starts. He has a 4-1 record and a .925 save percentage in that span. Meanwhile, Andrei Vasilevskiy has won his last seven starts and boasts a sparkling .941 save percentage during the win streak. The Lightning have outscored their opponents 29-13 during the streak, and they’ll look to make it ten straight wins tonight.

Philadelphia Flyers

Forwards

Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek

Joel Farabee - Kevin Hayes - Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk - Scott Laughton - Tyler Pitlick

Michael Raffl - Connor Bunnaman - Nicholas Aube-Kubel

Defense Pairs

Ivan Provorov - Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim - Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg - Justin Braun

Injured: Shayne Gostisbehere

Goalies

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forwards

Steven Stamkos (?) - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov (?)

Ondrej Palat - Anthony Cirelli (?) - Alex Killorn

Mathieu Joseph - Cedric Paquette - Patrick Maroon

Carter Verhaeghe - Mitchell Stephens - Yanni Gourde

Game-time decision: Tyler Johnson

Defense Pairs

Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Braydon Coburn - Luke Schenn

Cameron Gaunce (?)

Injured: Ryan McDonagh, Jan Rutta

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney