The Tampa Bay Lightning have certainly been lighting up the scoreboard, but coach Guy Boucher wants to see if that production will travel with them on the road. The Lightning will begin a key four-game trip Tuesday with a visit to the City of Brotherly Love to face the Philadelphia Flyers. "It reveals character," Boucher told the team's website in regard to the trip, which will also stop in New Jersey and Boston before finishing in New York for a date with the Rangers.
Tampa Bay seized eight of a possible 10 points during its season-high five-game homestand. The Lightning lowered the boom on Philadelphia on Jan. 27 as Martin St. Louis notched four assists in his team's 5-1 triumph. Tampa Bay was unable to run the table on its homestand, however, as it dropped a hard-fought 3-2 setback to the Rangers on Saturday.
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ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (6-2-0): Tampa Bay boasts a league-best power play at an impressive 36.1 percent conversion rate. The Lightning could receive a jolt with the possible return of captain Vincent Lecavalier, who is listed as day-to-day with a bone bruise on his foot. "It's still pretty sore, but honestly, there's no thought of me not playing (versus the Flyers)," Lecavalier said Monday.
ABOUT THE FLYERS (3-6-0): Speaking of the power plays, Philadelphia broke out of its malaise by netting three goals with the man advantage in its 5-3 triumph over Carolina on Saturday. That's quite the surge considering the Flyers entered the contest with a 5-for-40 conversion rate. Wayne Simmonds (concussion) missed that contest after being on the business end of a brutal elbow from Washington defenseman John Erskine, who was suspended three games for the action.
1. With Simmonds sidelined, rookie Tye McGinn joined the top line Saturday and used his 6-foot-2 frame to provide screens on a pair of goals. McGinn, who has one goal and two assists this season, has drawn a favorable review from coach Peter Laviolette.
2. St. Louis has tormented the Flyers, collecting 12 goals and 40 assists in 35 career games.
3. Reigning Maurice Richard Trophy winner Steven Stamkos, who had a goal and assist in the teams' first meeting, is averaging better than a point per game versus Philadelphia (18 points, 17 games).
Lightning 5, Flyers 1