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Lightning, Flyers hope to avoid third straight loss

Tampa Bay (4-4-2) at Philadelphia (4-5-3) 7:00 p.m. EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Flyers look to snap a

two-game skid on Saturday when they host the Tampa Bay


The Flyers, who opened the season with six consecutive losses -

three after regulation - went on to win their next four before

dropping two straight.

Thanks in part to nine goals from Jeff Carter, eight from Simon

Gagne and 14 assists by Mike Richards, Philadelphia leads the

NHL with 3.67 goals per game.

However, the Flyers have allowed their opponents plenty of

offense as well, ranking 28th at 3.75 goals allowed per game.

Goaltenders Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki have both

struggled with save percentages below 90 percent.

Tampa Bay is 0-1-1 to start its five-game road trip, falling to

New Jersey on Wednesday in a shootout and losing, 5-2, on

Thursday against the New York Rangers.

While the Flyers have one of the more potent offenses in the

league, the Lightning have struggled to find the net, averaging

a league-low 2.17 goals.



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