The Lightning have now advanced to the conference final, defeating the Avalanche 2-1.
The Lightning are now a game back of the Philadelphia Flyers for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, and will host the Colorado Avalanche at Amalie Arena in Colorado on Thursday (7:30 p.m.
ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
“It’s always exciting to play against an opponent that we’re playing and we’re a great team,” said Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.
We want to keep winning.””
Tonight’s game is very important for us.
We want to keep winning.”
With the Lightning sitting in seventh place in the East, the Avalanche are looking to get back on track in the final regular season game of the season.
The Avalanche are currently sitting at 11-14-5-1 and currently sit in eighth place in their division.
The Lightning are the only team remaining from last season’s conference final.
The Flyers have also dropped their last two games to the Lightning.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves in the 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phantoms on Sunday.
The Avalanche have been without center Ryan O’Reilly, who was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday.
O’Connor had 14 points (six goals, nine assists) in 24 games with the Flyers last season.
He was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers last month.
The Flyers were also without goalie Andrei Veitov, who has been out since December 11 with a groin injury.
Veitav has six goals and four assists in 14 games this season.
The two teams met in the first round of the playoffs last season, and the Lightning prevailed 4-1 in the series.
The Avs have won two straight games against the Lightning, which is their longest winning streak in the playoffs.
The last time the Lightning played in Philadelphia was April 12-16, 2014.