Flyers visit the Lightning for Eastern Conference battle
Tampa, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers meet in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Lightning are 28-12-3 against Eastern Conference opponents. Tampa Bay leads the league averaging 3.5 goals per game, led by Nikita Kucherov with 33.
The Flyers are 30-10-5 in Eastern Conference play. Philadelphia has scored 227 goals and ranks seventh in the NHL averaging 3.3 goals per game. Travis Konecny leads the team with 24.
In their last meeting on Feb. 15, Tampa Bay won 5-3.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kucherov leads the Lightning with 33 goals, adding 52 assists and recording 85 points. Yanni Gourde has totaled five assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES: Flyers: 9-1-0, averaging 3.9 goals, seven assists, 3.7 penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up 1.9 goals per game with a .936 save percentage.
Lightning: 3-6-1, averaging three goals, 4.9 assists, 5.5 penalties and 15.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with a .891 save percentage.
Flyers: Philippe Myers: out (leg), James van Riemsdyk: out (hand).