The Philadelphia Flyers have been getting goals from a number of guys. And to make this team even more dangerous, they will have Chris Pronger back in the line up tonight.
Philadelphia looks to continue its best road start in 18 years Wednesday night when it faces the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are going for their first five game home winning streak since 2007-08.
While the Flyers (8-4-2) have killed all 13 penalties during their 3-0-1 stretch, they could use Pronger on the power play after going 1 for 19 in the last four games.
Philadelphia, 1 for 15 on the power play while losing three of four to Tampa Bay last season, opens its three game trip with a 4-1-0 road record.
It’s the Flyers’ best start away from home since opening 6-1-0 in 1993-94.
Continuing that run could be a challenge as the Lightning (7-5-2) have won six of eight overall and outscored their opponents 13-5 during their home winning streak.
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos played well against the Flyers last season, with St. Louis recording 10 assists, including a career high five in an 8-7 win at Philadelphia on Nov. 18, and Stamkos adding a team best five goals and six points.
Dwayne Roloson, 1-0-1 with a 1.44 goals against average in two starts versus the Flyers in 2010-11 after being acquired from the New York Islanders, will in net tonight after stopping all 29 shots he faced Sunday as Mathieu Garon’s replacement.
Ilya Bryzgalov gets a chance to win his fourth consecutive start, it will be the first time he faces Tampa Bay in a Flyers uniform. He went 2-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA in three starts against the Lightning while with Phoenix.
Jagr, who has six goals and five assists during a seven game point streak, has a record 69 points (31 goals, 38 assists) against Tampa Bay.
Philadelphia Flyers – Ilya Bryzgalov
Tampa Bay Lightning – Dwayne Roloson
FREE NHL PICK OF THE DAY:
With the recent history of high scoring games between these two clubs, you have no choice but to take the over 5.5 in this game. But these past matchups were against goaltenders that were not as elite as the ones in tonight’s game. I expect a hard fought game tonight, especially with Chris Pronger back in the line up for the Flyers. But with the Flyers coming off of 3 days rest and the Bolts on fire at home, take the OVER 5.5. It may take all game to get this over, maybe an empty net goal in the end.
OVER 5.5 (1 UNIT)
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