The Tampa Bay Lightning look to add another victory to their phenomenal home record with a win over the hard-hitting Philadelphia Flyers.
The Tampa Bay Lightning let off the gas a little in the second period last night, but a surge in the third period and a two-goal night from Lightning captain Steven Stamkos led the Lightning to a 3-1 victory over their Atlantic Division rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.
Tonight, the Lightning will charge into the Amalie Arena one more time this year in the hopes of adding another win to their fantastic home record and finish off their back-to-back week-ending series with a victory over the rough and tumble Philadelphia Flyers.
There is a definite positive heading into tonight’s contest. Both the Lightning and the Flyers are coming into tonight’s game on the back half of a back-to-back series. Needless to say, both teams are going to be tired so both of them will have to dig deep in order to pull out a victory.
At the same time, there are a couple of advantages the Lightning has heading into their battle against the Flyers. The first of which is their back-to-back is a home-and-home. This means there was no travel involved. There is definitely something to be said about sleeping in your own bed the night before a game.
The second advantage the Lightning have is momentum. While the Philadelphia Flyers came up short last night in their 3-2 loss to the Lightning’s in-state rivals, the Florida Panthers, the Lightning emerged victorious in their 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Momentum can be a dangerous thing if channeled properly.
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One thing the Lightning needs to keep in mind tonight is the Flyers are a hungry team who are desperately searching to get their season back on track. The Flyers have lost their three games in a row and would love nothing more to shift the tide before the end of the year.
This means the Flyers are going to be nothing less than their usual hard-hitting selves. The Flyers are going to be ready to lay down some hard hits and maybe even a few fists. They aren’t known as the Broad Street Bullies for nothing, you know.
Surprisingly enough, the player the Lightning needs to keep their eyes on in tonight’s contest isn’t the Flyers’ leading goal-scorer, but their biggest playmaker. This player would be none other than Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.
Voracek has scored eight goals in the 37 games he’s played with the Flyers this season, but this is nothing in comparison to the whopping 36 assists he’s earned, giving him a total of 44 points. The Lightning’s biggest job will be neutralizing Voracek and controlling what he’s allowed to do with the puck; especially in the Bolts zone.
While everyone here in the Bolts Nation anxiously awaits puck drop, let’s take a moment to cover all the information one will need to make sure they don’t miss a moment of the action between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers tonight from the Amalie Arena here in Downtown Tampa.
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Venue: Amalie Arena
Location: Tampa, Florida
Date: Friday, December 29,, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
TV Info: Fox Sports Sun, TVAS, NBCSP
Radio Info: Lightning Radio on 970WFLA or TBL Power Play on iHeartRadio
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go App in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store
The Tampa Bay Lightning has some obstacles to overcome with the absence of Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman, who is currently day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The good news is, players like defenseman Mikhail Sergachev have been doing a fantastic job of picking up the slack.
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Maybe, just maybe, with a defensive spot open, Lightning fans will have an opportunity to see more of defenseman Slater Koekkoek, who has been spending an inexplicable amount of time as the team’s healthy scratch. Only time will tell if No. 29 will get the time he deserves in tonight’s game.