The Flyers have shown they can beat the best teams in the league.
Saturday gives them another opportunity to prove it as the Flyers (32-19-7) visit the Lightning (38-15-5).
Let's get into the essentials:
• When: 4 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. ET
• Where: Amalie Arena
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• Saturday marks the Flyers' second of three matchups with the Lightning.
With a win over Tampa Bay, the Flyers will own at least one victory against each of the NHL's top five teams.
The Flyers are 6-2-2 vs. the Bruins, Lightning, Capitals, Penguins and Blues, the league's five leaders.
The Flyers hold the Eastern Conference's first wild-card spot via tiebreaker and are one point behind the Islanders, who are in third place of the Metropolitan Division (see standings). According to Hockey-Reference.com, the Flyers enter Saturday with a 66.9 percent chance to make the playoffs.
• The Lightning are on a scary run. They've gone 21-2-1 over their last 24 games, are currently on a nine-game winning streak and haven't lost at home since Dec. 19.
Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is 17-0-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .942 save percentage over his last 18 starts, while center Brayden Point has 13 points duringa nine-game point streak.
A number of Tampa Bay's best players are game-time decisions for Saturday.
Per Coop, Tyler Johnson will be a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against the Flyers and all three of Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov, and Steven Stamkos will also have to wait until tomorrow to see if they're able to go. Practice day | Jon Cooper: pic.twitter.com/mXyXL5JwRB— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 14, 2020
• Since Jan. 8, the Flyers have the NHL's most goals (52) and only one team has more points (21) — the Lightning (27).
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl-Connor Bunnaman-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Justin Braun
Maybe in case Travis Sanheim can't go. https://t.co/n3HHC65Gad— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) February 15, 2020
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