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January 25, 2018  (12:35)
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"Philadelphia Flyers 56 pts (24-16-8)
vs
Tampa Bay Lightning 69 pts (33-12-3)
7 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 FM The Fanatic

Season Series/Schedule
Date Game GWG
29-Dec PHI 5 @ TBL 3 Brandon Manning
25-Jan TBL @ PHI
3-Mar PHI @ TBL

Team Leaders
Flyers Lightning
Claude Giroux, 56 Points Nikita Kucherov, 61
Sean Couturier, 26 Goals Nikita Kucherov, 27
Jakub Voracek, 46 Assists Steven Stamkos, 38

The Flyers will get one last test before heading into the All-Star break as they the Eastern Conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning followed up their recent three-game winning streak with back-to-back wins at the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators this week. They are missing two important pieces to their lineup as defenseman Victor Hedman and winger Ondrej Palat are both with lower-body injuries. Hedman is having an All-Star season and deserves some Norris Trophy consideration. Not only does Palat have 30 on the year, but he is also one Tampa's best defensive forwards.
The biggest question for the Flyers heading into tonight's game was whether or not Michael Raffl would be able to play, but he will be in uniform tonight. Dave Hakstol will not make any changes to his skaters. Tyrell Goulborne will remain in the lineup as the Flyers have won all seven games he has played in.
The only change will come in goal as Michal Neuvirth will get the start tonight and will be opposed by All-Star Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Probable Flyers Lineup
FORWARDS
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl - Valtteri Filppula – Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal - Nolan Patrick - Wayne Simmonds
Tyrell Goulbourne - Scott Laughton - Jori Lehtera
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Ivan Provorov - Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg - Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas
GOALTENDER
Michal Neuvirth (5-5-1, 2.23 GAA, .928 save %, 1 SO)

INJURY REPORT
None
Probable Lightning Lineup
FORWARDS
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Chris Kunitz - Steven Stamkos - Vladislav Namestnikov
Alex Killorn - Matthew Peca - Yanni Gourde
Michael Bournival - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Anton Stralman - Jake Dotchin
Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi
Braydon Coburn - Andrej Sustr
GOALTENDER
Andrei Vasilevskiy (28-9-2, 2.21 GAA, .930 save %, 7)
INJURY REPORT
G-Peter Budaj (lower-body) out, D-Victor Hedman (lower-body) out, LW-Ondrej Palat (lower-body) out"

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