Game 61, Preview and Game Thread: They're Baaaaaack! Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning

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 #6 Philadelphia Flyers (32-25-3, 67 pts) at #9 Tampa Bay Lightning (26-24-11, 63 pts)
St. Pete Times Forum - 7:30 PM ET - Tampa, FL
TV: Versus HD, TSN HD
Radio: 610 WIP
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Oh, right. There's a hockey game tonight.

After two weeks off, the Flyers will resume the NHL schedule this evening with a matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Entering the all-star break, the Flyers had won four straight, but obviously tonight's game almost has to be treated like a season opener of sorts, with no momentum or anything of the sort to lean against.

But wins are just as important now as they were before the break, and with a treacherous month of March ahead before a short April and the beginning of the playoffs, now is the time for the Flyers to kick into full gear.

They're 3-0 against the Lightning this season, outscoring them 15-5 in those games. Tampa Bay enters the game just five points behind the sixth place Flyers though, so this is a big game for them as they get underway for the first time after the break as well.

Ryan Parent will replace the injured Oskars Bartulis in the lineup tonight. Parent is returning from injury himself. In the Flyers crease, it'll once again be Michael Leighton. Can Leights continue his hot play after two weeks off? We'll find out tonight.

Flyers hockey is back!

After the jump, questions to answer this evening, a look at the starting lineups and our in-game discussion thread.

Flyers Line Combinations

Gagne - Richards - Carcillo
Hartnell - Carter - Briere
JVR - Giroux - Asham
Powe - Betts - Laperriere

Pronger - Carle
Timonen - Krajicek
Parent - Coburn

Tampa Line Combinations

Downie - Stamkos - St. Louis
Tanguay - Lecavalier - Bochenski
Malone - Thompson - Halpern
Veilleux - Konopka - Foster

Lundin - Ohlund
Smaby - Hedman
Walker - Meszaros

Starting Goaltenders


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Michael Leighton 25 1365 13 7 62 2.73 655 593 .905 1


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Antero Niittymaki 34 1909 16 10 81 2.55 981 900 .917 1


Questions To Answer

  1. Can the Flyers offense keep up the hot streak they were on before the Olympic break?
  2. Do Mike Richards and Chris Pronger show any extra jump after winning gold medals?
  3. How does Lukas Krajicek perform against his old team?
  4. How does Ryan Parent look in his first game back?
  5. Can Michael Leighton keep up his success after two weeks off?
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