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Wednesday, November 27th (All times Eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (10-11-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (15-8-1), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Vincent Lecavalier is set to make his return to Tampa Bay, as his Philadelphia Flyers visit the Lightning for Wednesday's showdown at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Lecavalier was selected by Tampa with the first overall pick of the 1998 draft and he is Tampa Bay's all-time leader in goals (383) and games played (1,037). The former Lightning captain spent his entire career in Tampa before having the remainder of his contract bought out in the offseason.

He then signed a five-year contract with Philadelphia.

"To actually play against the Lightning, I don't know how I'm going to feel but it's definitely going to be a special night and I'm really excited about it," Lecavalier said of his return.

Lecavalier has eight goals this season, tying him for the team lead. He is also third on the club with 13 points over 19 games.

The Lightning, meanwhile, hope to build off a blowout win when they try to continue their recent mastery of the Flyers.

Tampa was on a four-game losing streak before busting out of the slump with Monday's 5-0 rout of the visiting New York Rangers. The Lightning will aim to keep the momentum going when it hosts another Metropolitan Division club in the middle test of a three-game homestand.

The Lightning have won four of five, five of seven and eight of the past 11 meetings against the Flyers overall and Philly has dropped four in a row and five of its last six games in Tampa.

Wednesday's tilt marks the first of three scheduled encounters between the Bolts and Flyers this season.

A return home was apparently just what the Lightning needed in their last trip to the ice. Tampa went 0-3-1 during a four-game road trip before slamming the Rangers on Monday at the Forum. The 5-0 rout represented the sixth straight home win for Tampa, which is 9-2-0 as the host this season compared to a 6-6-1 mark on the road.

Martin St. Louis and Teddy Purcell each scored twice to support a 37-save performance from Ben Bishop, who recorded his second shutout of the season.

Nikita Kucherov added a goal in his NHL debut, with St. Louis and Purcell each tacking on an assist to help Tampa Bay down the Rangers. Kucherov was a second-round pick (58th overall) by the Lightning at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

"First of all, he's not afraid to shoot the puck," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Kucherov. "And you've got a good chance of scoring when you shoot. That will not be the last goal that kid will score in the NHL."

In addition to playing without superstar centerman Steven Stamkos, who is out indefinitely following surgery to repair a broken right tibia, the Lightning could be without forward Ryan Malone for a second straight game on Wednesday. Malone, who has three goals and six assists this season, is suffering from a bruised foot.

While Tampa Bay tries to win a seventh straight home game tonight, the Flyers will focus on getting back on track after having a three-game winning streak halted Monday night at Florida.

Philadelphia began a stretch of eight road games in nine outings in Sunrise and was handed a 3-1 setback by the Panthers. Tim Thomas was the star for Florida, stopping 38 shots in the winning effort.

Wayne Simmonds scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who had won six of seven coming into the contest. Steve Mason gave up all three goals on 31 shots in the loss.

"We were warned not to take them lightly and we didn't listen," said Mason. "They have a lot of young guys over there who have some jump to their game and they took it to us tonight."

Philadelphia, which will host Winnipeg on Friday before heading out on a six- game road trip, is 4-4-2 as the visiting team this season.

Bishop expects to start tonight for Tampa. He is 0-1-0 in his career against Philly after dropping a 2-1 decision versus the Flyers on March 2 of last season while still a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Mason is 1-1-1 with a 2.31 goals against average in three career starts against Tampa.

11/27 11:05:18 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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