This is definitely a different team than what we saw at the beginning of the season. The Philadelphia Flyers had trouble scoring and getting wins at first, but now they are six games over .500 with a 23-17-4 record. In their past 13 games, the Flyers have won 10 of them. The Flyers look to add to their current three game win streak today as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon in the Wells Fargo Center.
RINALDO TO IR, MCGINN RECALLED
Zac Rinaldo will be out for the next six weeks after suffering a left high-ankle sprain during the 3-1 Flyers victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
See the original Flyers 101 story here: Zac Rinaldo to Miss Six Weeks with Sprained Ankle, Matt Read Suffering from Concussion Symptoms
Rinaldo has been placed on injured reserve and the Flyers have recalled Tye McGinn from the Adirondack Phantoms to take Rinaldo's place. McGinn is no stranger to the Flyers lineup as he played in eight games with the team this season. During his time with the big club, he has scored three goals.
Matt Read will also be unavailable for today's game as he is suffering concussion-like symptoms.
HOME RECORD IN FAVOR OF FLYERS
The Flyers hold an overall 42-39-8-3 record against the Lightning. When playing in Philadelphia, that record is 20-11-7-2. This is the the second time the two teams have played each other this season. The first game was in the Lightning's favor as they won 4-2 back in November. This is also the only time this season that the Flyers and Lightning will be playing each other in Philadelphia as the third and final game of the series will be played in Tampa. With the home record in their favor, the Flyers are looking to not only add to their current three-game win streak, but add to their current 10-game win streak in the Wells Fargo Center.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS — BRAYDEN SCHENN
Brayden Schenn is currently fourth in points (28) on the Flyers, 11 points behind Claude Giroux who is leading with 39. However, Schenn is one of the hotter players on the team right now. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time. In the past six games, Schenn has four goals and four assists. His goals against the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils were the game-winners. For the season, Schenn has 11 goals and 17 assists.
LIGHTNING — MARTIN ST. LOUIS
Martin St. Louis is one of those players that always causes trouble for the Flyers. He has played the Flyers 44 times in his career and averages more than a point per game. St. Louis has only 14 goals against the Flyers, but the majority of his points come from his 43 assists. What makes things worse for the Flyers this afternoon is that St. Louis is upset that the didn't get selected for Team Canada for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics. A player being upset about getting left off of an Olympics roster is something the Flyers have recently seen as Giroux was left off Team Canada's roster as well. We all know players who get left off of their country's Olympics team will be playing with a fire to prove them wrong. Considering St. Louis has tallied 22 points against the Flyers in the past 14 games played against them, he is going to be the biggest threat to the Flyers this afternoon.
Tags: Brayden Schenn, Hockey, Lightning, Martin St. Louis, NHL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tye McGinn, Wells Fargo Center, Zac Rinaldo
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