March 18, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle (25) defends during the third period at Tampa Times Forum.Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Saturday afternoon matinee at the Wells Fargo Center.

This is the second of three meetings this year, and the only one that will take place in Philadelphia. The Lightning won the first game 4-2. Puck drop is set for1:00 p.m.

This matchup should prove to be another big test for the orange and black. The Flyers have won ten straight at home and have also put together a three-game winning streak. They are 8-2-0 in their last ten games.

The Lightning have strung together a 6-3-1 record in their last ten games, but are coming off recent losses to the Edmonton Oilers and suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Washington Capitals. Despite these losses, the Lightning have been road warriors of late, winning six out of seven away from Tampa Bay. They are 12-9-2 overall on the road.

One of the main stories in this game will feature two Olympic snubs who also happen to be team captains. Flyers captain Claude Giroux and Lightning captain Martin St. Louis are only separated by two points. St. Louis is still a scoring threat at 38 years old. Through the first 44 games he has 19 goals and 41 points. During the lockout-shortened season, St. Louis lead the league with 60 points in 48 games. Giroux has picked up from his slow start and has 39 points through 44 games.

Both men will likely want to show Team Canda what they are missing. St. Louis has never let his size affect his game. He, along with Giroux, is one of the feistiest and most hard-working players in the game.

The Flyers will play another back-to-back this weekend as they take on the New York Rangers Sunday night at 7:00 in Madison Square Garden. As of the writing of this post, a goaltender has not been named, but I am willing to guess Ray Emery will start tonight so Steve Mason will go against the Rangers.

 

Injuries:

Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo will not play. Read has a concussion and Rinaldo has a high-ankle sprain. Read will not play at all this weekend.

Steven Stamkos will remain out of the Tampa Bay lineup.

 

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