NHL: PHILADELPHIA (6-2) at TAMPA BAY (4-3) <h3>Niitymaki makes first start for Flyers vs. Lightning</h3> <div class="pre">Philadelphia (6-2-0) at Tampa Bay (4-3-0) 7:30 pm EDT</div> TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Flyers hope theirearly-season success can rub off on backup goaltender AnteroNiitymaki. Niitymaki makes his first start of the season as the Flyersvisit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Niitymaki has been regulated to backup duty after going 9-29-9with a 3.38 goal-against average last season and losing his lastsix starts. The nine-year veteran's struggles caused the Flyers to trade forMartin Biron in the offseason, and so far the deal has workedout beautifully. Biron has started every game, posting a 1.57GAA while helping Philadelphia to its best start since in fiveyears. With Biron in net, Philadelphia is off to its best start sincethe 2002-03 campaign in which it started 9-1-2. Now, Niitymaki gets a chance to redeem himself, as well as helpthe Flyers rebound after having their five-game winning streaksnapped in a 4-3 loss to Florida on Wednesday. However, history is not on his side. He is 0-3-0 with a 4.37 GAAagainst the Lightning. In addition to that, the Flyers have their work cut out for themas Tampa Bay is unbeaten in four home games this season, andhas won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the clubs. Johan Holmqvist will be back in net after backup Marc Denisallowed four goals in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Washington.Holmqvist, who has a 2.61 GAA in three starts this season, is2-1-0 with a 2.97 GAA in three career starts againstPhiladelphia.