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GDT: Lightning @ Flyers 7PM



GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (26-16-6-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (26-11-11-5).

TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.

Looking to match the longest winning streak in team history, the Tampa Bay Lightning try to win a season series from the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time as these first-place clubs meet at the Wachovia Center.

This matchup pits two streaking teams who both have 26 victories, though the Flyers' 68 points puts them seven ahead of Tampa Bay and gives them a slim lead over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning have built an 11-point lead over Atlanta in the Southeast.

Philadelphia has dominated this series since Tampa Bay entered the league in 1992. The Flyers had a 30-9-8 all-time record against the Lightning entering this season, including just four losses in the last 27 meetings (18-4-5).

Tampa Bay has turned that around this season, totaling 11 goals in winning both meetings. The final matchup between these teams will be Feb. 17 in Tampa.

The Lightning have won five in a row to move within one of a franchise record, set at this season's outest as Tampa opened 6-0.

"The most important thing is to keep it going," said Lightning winger Fredrik Modin, who had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Atlanta.

Philadelphia enters with a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1), including a 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. All of the games during the unbeaten run have come against teams with losing records.

"You talk about chemistry, and we've got a little bit of that going right now," said John LeClair, who scored his 14th goal Saturday.

"The last couple of games have been a little bit open, we've been able to play a little bit of offensive hockey ... it's always fun to play like that instead of back and forth in the neutral zone."

The line of LeClair, Michal Handzus and Mark Recchi has keyed the unbeaten streak, accounting for seven goals and 20 assists.

Martin St. Louis has led the Lightning lately, getting nine goals and eight assists during a career-high nine-game point streak.

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The Lightning are on a bit of a surge right now playing in front of new # 1 John Grahame. They certainly have our number this year netting 11 goals on us but things will change tonight, not because I started the GDT, but because Esche is playing well, our team is playing well, and we are in Philadelphia chasing the conference lead.

Flyers 2 Comrie, Ragnarsson
Lightning 1 St. Louis

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