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Toronto Maple Leafs
@ Philadelphia Flyers

 Pre-Game: 6:30PM Leafs TV
Broadcast: 7pm HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ON THE CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, LeafsTV Interactive

NHL Network HD in the US

Post-Game: 10pm LeafsTV 

Opposition Coverage: Flyer Frequent, Broad and Pattison

Saturday, Jan 10, 2009, 7:00 PM EST
Wachovia Center

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Hey, did you hear about that trade that almost happened? Yeah, some kid almost got send to the Leafs. Good thing he didn't though, it never would have worked out I bet. 

Jeff Carter

#17 / Center / Philadelphia Flyers

6-3

200

Jan 01, 1985

GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Jeff Carter 41 27 17 44 9 30 8 4 5 0 185 14.6

 Previous Meeting

Final - 11.29.2008 1 2 3 Total
Philadelphia Flyers 1 1 0 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 2 1 4

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The Leafs travel to another one of their house of horrors to take on the Atlantic leading Flyers. 

Atlantic Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Philadelphia 41 5 2 9 53
New York Rangers 43 4 4 4 52
New Jersey 40 5 5 3 49
Pittsburgh 42 3 7 4 44
New York Islanders 42 2 7 4 28

(updated 1.10.2009 at 8:22 AM EST)

As is the case with most of the league's top teams (it makes me sick to write that) the Flyers have dealt spectacularly with a long list of injuries. Some day the Leafs will have depth like this and opposition fans will be bemoaning the fact that the Buds never seem to miss a beat. 

Philadelphia Flyers Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Darroll Powe head 12.30.2008
Arron Asham bruised right knee 12.30.2008

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kimmo Timonen chip fracture in right ankle 12.30.2008
Matt Carle bruised left ankle 12.30.2008
Josh Gratton hand 12.30.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Derian Hatcher right knee 9.20.2008
Danny Briere strained groin 12.3.2008
Scottie Upshall sprained right knee 12.22.2008

In other news, Mikhail Grabovski is a good guy:

Mikhail Grabovski, in the aftermath of his shove of NHL linesman Scott Cherrey, spent yesterday trying to make things right. The Leafs forward called Cherrey to apologize for his actions Thursday night in Montreal and then met with Toronto media members to express contrition for his actions.

Fletcher, like me, likes the fire that Grabovski played with Thursday night. Finger will be out of tonight's game with an 'upper body' injury which means that Ian White won't make his anticipated move up to the wing. That's a shame because the Leafs could use right wing White more than defenceman White.

It's a good thing that the Leafs' picked up Brady May because the Flyers are just the kind of team that was teeing off on the Leafs' skill players.

I am going to miss this game which is likely a good thing but the Leafs will never catch the Islanders if they beat teams like the Flyers.

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