Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Tampa Bay leads 3-1

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 2: Saturday, December 10th
Game 3: Tuesday, December 27th
Game 4: Monday, March 26th

Flyers 1

(8-4-3, 19 pts)

Lightning 2

(8-5-2, 18 pts)

Coverage: NBCSN

7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2011

Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

1 2 3 OT T
PHI 0 1 0 01
TB 0 0 1 12

B. Connolly (Lightning - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Roloson (Lightning - G): Saves: 14, Save Pct.: .933

M. St. Louis (Lightning - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Flyers-Lightning Preview


The Philadelphia Flyers have been getting goals from a number of players.

The possible return of captain Chris Pronger could make them even more dangerous.

Philadelphia looks to continue its best road start in 18 years Wednesday night when it faces the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are going for their first five-game home winning streak since 2007-08.

With eight players scoring in Saturday's 9-2 victory over Columbus -- the team's highest-scoring game since a 9-5 win over Montreal on Feb. 6, 1997 -- six Flyers have at least five goals and the club leads the NHL with 56.

"A lot of guys are stepping up," center Danny Briere told the Flyers' official website. "(Jaromir) Jagr has helped out a lot (with six goals) ... even young guys like Sean Couturier who has five (goals), that's very impressive. It's good that everybody has more responsibility in that department and it's definitely good to see."

So is seeing Pronger complete two straight practices. The veteran defenseman, who has missed the last six games after taking a stick to the eye against Toronto on Oct. 24, will likely be a game-day decision and will be wearing a visor when he returns.

"(My conditioning) has been a little suspect after the last couple days," Pronger told the league's official website Tuesday before the team left for Florida. "Again, you don't realize how quickly you can lose it when you've done nothing for seven days, you're bedridden for four of them -- the joints need to be moving."

While the Flyers (8-4-2) have killed all 13 penalties during their 3-0-1 stretch, they could use Pronger on the power play after going 1 for 19 in the last four games.

Philadelphia, 1 for 15 on the power play while losing three of four to Tampa Bay last season, opens its three-game trip with a 4-1-0 road record.

It's the Flyers' best start away from home since opening 6-1-0 in 1993-94.

Continuing that run could be a challenge as the Lightning (7-5-2) have won six of eight overall and outscored their opponents 13-5 during their home winning streak.

Tampa Bay last won five in a row on home ice Oct. 4-25, 2007.

The Lightning will try to match that run after avoiding a third straight road loss with Sunday's 4-3 shootout victory over Florida. They trailed by three 15:21 into the game.

"We had our backs against the wall," center Dominic Moore said after scoring the only goal in the tiebreaker. "Hopefully that's a lesson for us."

Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos played well against the Flyers last season, with St. Louis recording 10 assists -- including a career-high five in an 8-7 win at Philadelphia on Nov. 18 -- and Stamkos adding a team-best five goals and six points.

Dwayne Roloson, 1-0-1 with a 1.44 goals-against average in two starts versus the Flyers in 2010-11 after being acquired from the New York Islanders, could be in net Wednesday after stopping all 29 shots he faced Sunday as Mathieu Garon's replacement.

If Ilya Bryzgalov gets a chance to win his fourth consecutive start, it will be the first time he faces Tampa Bay in a Flyers uniform. He went 2-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA in three starts against the Lightning while with Phoenix.

Jagr, who has six goals and five assists during a seven-game point streak, has a record 69 points (31 goals, 38 assists) against Tampa Bay.