Philadelphia Flyers (8-8-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (12-7-1)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 23, 2016, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -200 / Philadelphia Flyers +155 --- Over/Under:
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The Philadelphia Flyers look to complete the Florida sweep after a win against the Panthers last night as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
The Flyers look to build on their big win against the Panthers last night as they continue their road trip in Tampa Bay against a Lightning side that has won five of their first seven home games and have done just fine without Steven Stamkos. The Flyers looked like a playoff contender last night and have a couple of impressive victories to their name so far this season and if they can get another here as a pretty heavy road dog they will put the rest of the league on notice if they haven’t already. The Flyers will likely send Anthony Stolarz to the crease here thanks to the back to back while the Lightning will stick with Ben Bishop who is splitting time right now with Andrei Vasilevskiy.
The Lightning can’t seem to find a way to stay healthy and a lot of it circles around their well paid, face of the franchise, Steven Stamkos who when at 100% is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. However, he has missed substantial time over the last few seasons and is now out for another lengthy absence thanks to a torn meniscus and while the team has shown they can find success without him they are certainly much better with him in the lineup. The Bolts are 5-0 in their last five against the Eastern Conference and 15-6 in their last 21 Wednesday games which bodes well for them here against the Flyers.
The Flyers are 6-1 in their last seven Wednesday games and 4-1 in their last five overall while the Bolts are 4-1 in their last five overall and 5-0 in their last five against the Metro. Philly is a nice team and are very underrated but the goaltending matchup here is too big to ignore as the Lightning cruise.