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Avoiding a skid? Flyers stare down 3 tough games in 4 days

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Amid their first losing streak of the season, the Flyers begin a challenging stretch of three games in four days.

It starts Tuesday night when the Flyers (8-5-3) visit the two-time defending champion Lightning (10-4-3) for the opening game of a back-to-back road set.

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 7 p.m. ET with The Warm Up at 6 p.m. ET and Flyers Pregame Live at 6:15 p.m. ET
  • Where: Amalie Arena
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Prior to their 5-2 loss to the Bruins last Saturday, the Flyers were one of three NHL teams that had yet to lose consecutive games. The other side of the coin, the Flyers' longest winning streak of the season is two games and the club has yet to win consecutive games in November.

The Flyers' schedule doesn't get any easier ahead. The team's next three games come against the Lightning, Panthers and Hurricanes, clubs with a combined record of 37-8-7.

The Flyers faced Tampa Bay five days ago in Philadelphia and lost, 4-3, in a shootout. They forced overtime with under 10 seconds left in regulation.

“Tying the game on Thursday, that was huge for our team. We played with like the best team in the league, they won the last two years," Derick Brassard said Saturday after the Flyers followed up the loss by dropping to the Bruins. "It could have went either way. Good teams find a way to not lose two in a row. And now we’re going to have to have our best effort going to Florida and Tampa, and make sure that we’re ready to go.”

 

• The Flyers and Lightning are both missing important pieces.

The Flyers are without Ryan Ellis (lower body) and Kevin Hayes (abdominal). The two players suffered reinjuries. Ellis is out for at least a month and Hayes is considered week to week.

Tampa Bay is missing Nikita Kucherov (lower body) and Brayden Point (upper body).

• The last time the Flyers won at Amalie Arena was Dec. 29, 2017, in a 5-3 decision.

The Flyers received goals from Wayne Simmonds, Shayne Gostisbehere, Sean Couturier, Brandon Manning and Valtteri Filppula.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Joel Farabee-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny

Claude Giroux-Derick Brassard-Cam Atkinson

Max Willman-Scott Laughton-James van Riemsdyk

Oskar Lindblom-Nate Thompson-Zack MacEwen

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle-Nick Seeler

Goalies

Carter Hart

Martin Jones

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