NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 2nd (All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (26-16-6-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (26-11-11-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning seek their sixth consecutive victory tonight when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers in a battle of division leaders at the Wachovia Center.
Tampa, which has won 10 of its last 13 overall, is coming off Saturday's 5-2 win over visiting Atlanta. Fredrik Modin scored twice in the first period, and added an assist to lead the effort.
Brad Richards notched a goal and an assist, while Dave Andreychuk and Ruslan Fedotenko all scored for the Lightning, who earned a point in their seventh consecutive game (5-0-0-2). John Grahame made 21 saves in the win.
Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis extended his point streak to nine games (9 g, 8a) with an assist on the Lightning's empty-net goal in the waning stages.
The Lightning now lead second-place Atlanta by 11 points in the Southeast Division.
The Bolts, who have won seven of their last nine on the road, begin a three- game swing tonight and will visit Washington on Tuesday.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, is unbeaten in its last five contests (4-0-1). On Saturday, John LeClair, Michal Handzus and Donald Brashear each had a goal and an assist, leading the Flyers to a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
Sami Kapanen and Patrick Sharp each scored for the Flyers, who are three up on New Jersey in the Atlantic Division race. Philly trails Toronto by one for the best overall mark in the Eastern Conference.
Robert Esche was peppered with 30 shots and turned aside 27 of them for the win. Esche has started the last eight games in net for the Flyers, as he is getting a golden chance to prove himself while veteran Jeff Hackett sits due to vertigo.
The Flyers improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight overall.
On the injury front, right wing Tony Amonte is could return tonight after missing the last two games with a sprained right knee. No decision is expected to be made until at least after the morning skate.
Philadelphia, which has won two of its last three on friendly ice, will host Washington on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay has won 2-of-2 from Philadelphia so far this season, including a 6-1 pounding on January 3 in Tampa. The Lightning have won three of the last four overall in the series, and two straight at the Wachovia Center.
02/02 10:38:00 ET