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Flyers vs. Lightning preview: Hoping Tampa's regression begins tonight

The Lightning are red hot and are in Philadelphia tonight to take on the Flyers.


The Flyers were embarrassed by the Tampa Bay Lightning a week and a half ago in Central Florida, and tonight they'll welcome them into Wells Fargo Center for the second of three meetings this season. Just our luck that two of these three games come while they're playing far, far over their heads, huh?

Tampa Bay Lightning (6-2-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (3-6-0)
7:30 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pa.
TV: CSN Philly, NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS | Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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The Lightning are scoring 4.88 goals per game so far this season, by far the best in the league. Just an absurd number of pucks in the back of the net. They're allowing 2.62 per game, good for 15th in the league. Their power play is the best in the NHL, converting at 36.1 (!!!) percent. Their PK is top-10 at 83.3 percent.

On the flip side, their 5-on-5 shot differential in close games is second-worst in the league, better than only Columbus. So they're largely getting outplayed at five-on-five, yet they're still scoring a million goals -- in part because their PP is so deadly. It's sort of the opposite of the Flyers at most times this season.

Maybe it'll finally start to turn the other way for Tampa tonight. Then again, Stamkos.

The Flyers have made slight changes to their lineup this morning, shuffling the bottom two lines around a bit according to the Inquirer. Wayne Simmonds is still out with a concussion, so we'll see Tye McGinn remain on the top line with Claude Giroux and Danny Briere. The full expected lineup:

Briere - Giroux - McGinn
Read - Couturier - Knuble
Rinaldo - Schenn - Voracek
Fedotenko - Talbot - Sestito

Timonen - Schenn
Coburn - Gervais
Grossmann - Foster

It'll be Ilya Bryzgalov in goal for the Flyers. Anders Lindback will likely be in goal for the Lightning, but we'll know more later in the day on that and their full lineup. It's a 7:30 p.m. puck drop, so adjust accordingly.