November 23 NHL Games
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Philadelphia Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning have hit the quarter mark of the season trailing just one team in the Atlantic Division despite two long road trips, some damaging injuries and inconsistent play. The Lightning, who must go on without injured captain Steven Stamkos for the next four months, will try to build off a strong trek when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
The Lightning will try to knock off the Flyers for the second time in five days after Andrei Vasilevskiy blanked them 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. Philadelphia rebounded with a solid 3-1 win at Florida on Tuesday as Wayne Simmonds scored his team-leading 10th goal and added an assist. However, the victory may have come at a cost as center Sean Couturier left the game with a sprained left knee and he will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
ABOUT THE FLYERS (9-8-3)
Simmonds scored for the fourth time in six games Tuesday and moved past captain Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek for the team lead with 18 points. Brayden Schenn added a pair of assists against Florida and 19-year-old rookie Travis Konecny notched his 12th point by setting up a goal. Coach Dave Hakstol told reporters he wanted to get backup netminder Anthony Stolarz action at some point to allow some rest for Steve Mason, who has started seven straight contests. Right winger Dale Weise, who signed a four-year, $9.4 million contract in the offseason, scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday. The Flyers posted a 3-1 victory on their last trip to Tampa Bay in March and are 3-1-1 overall in their last five against the Lightning.
ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (12-7-1)
Tyler Johnson scored the first goal in Philadelphia and recorded Tampa Bay’s only tally in Monday’s 3-1 loss at Nashville, extending his point streak to four games. Johnson was reunited with Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat on the “Triplets” line, which had plenty of success the previous two seasons but had not been put together in 2016-17 prior to Monday. Kucherov has registered eight goals and eight assists over his last 12 games and is among the league leaders with 23 points while Palat notched two points against the Flyers on Saturday. The Lightning, who finished 28th in the league on the power play last season, currently rank third at 25.1 percent, just behind the Flyers (27.1).
Chicago Blackhawks vs San Jose Sharks
The Chicago Blackhawks will try to rebound from a major speed bump in their annual circus road trip when they visit the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night in the fifth stop on their seven-game trek. The Blackhawks absorbed their worst loss of the season in a 5-0 setback at Edmonton on Monday, their second shutout loss on the road trip.
The Blackhawks are 2-2 on the road trip, which comes on the heels of an 11-game point streak (9-0-2) that propelled them to first place in the Central Division. San Jose returned home from a six-game road trip with an impressive 4-0 victory over New Jersey on Monday and now plays four in a row and six of its next seven at the SAP Center. The Sharks halted a three-game losing streak in the series with a 2-0 win at Chicago in February but have been outscored 11-4 by the Blackhawks in their last two home matchups.
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (13-5-2)
Chicago is trying to stem an alarming trend on the road trip. Aside from the shutout losses at Winnipeg and Edmonton, it had to claw back from a three-goal deficit to win at Vancouver. The power play continues to be a source of concern for Chicago, converting only three times in its last 30 opportunities. Marian Hossa has 10 goals in his last 13 games and 17 tallies and 30 points in 35 games against the Sharks.
ABOUT THE SHARKS (10-8-1)
Brent Burns established franchise highs across the board for a defenseman with 27 goals, 48 assists and 75 points last season and is off to another sizzling start with seven goals and 16 points through 19 games. On Tuesday, San Jose decided to reward the 31-year-old Burns with an eight-year contract extension worth a reported $64 million. Burns has been held in check by Chicago with 11 points in 38 games. San Jose has also struggled with the man advantage, going 3-for-32 in November.