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Game Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Maple Leafs need to show up for the full 60 tonight to keep the Flyers off their tails in the playoff race.

Kate Frese / SB Nation

Welcome to Toronto, Philly. it’s been a while since you’ve come around here. Remember way back in November? It was Remembrance Day. They honoured the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame before the puck dropped.

Oh, and the Maple Leafs destroyed you in a 6-3 win. What a fun game that was. You had a 3-2 lead heading into the second period. Then bam! wham! score! zammo! Four unanswered goals and the Maple Leafs win.

It’s a big game tonight, can the Maple Leafs rise to the challenge?

Philadelphia Flyers @ Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30PM - Air Canada Centre
TV: Sportsnet Ontario, TVA Sports, CSN-Philly, NHL Network
Radio: 590 / 1050
SBN: Broad Street Hockey

Both teams sitting outside the playoff race. The Maple Leafs two points from that wild card spot, five from the division. You, the Flyers, two points behind the Maple Leafs and have absolutely no chance of getting into the Metro.

The Maple Leafs returned from a disastrous California road trip and defeated the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. The Leafs are still facing two big challenges in their season: Third periods and shootouts. All season the Leafs have been letting up a bit in the third, there have been numerous blown leads in the final frame and generally it’s not a pretty sight. If they make it past that and through overtime, we get to the shootout where the Leafs have just a single win.

In a more positive tidbit, we’re on the verge of history in the next few games. Auston Matthews is four goals away from breaking Wendel Clark's rookie goal scoring record of 34 goals in a rookie season. Mitch Marner has 37 assists, just four away from breaking Gus Bodnar’s record of 40 rookie assists. We’re a little while away from the points record, unless either player has a multiple point per game streak up their sleeve. The rookie scoring record for the Maple Leafs is 66, scored by Peter Ihnacak in the 82/83 season. Matthews sits 11 points back with 55, and Marner is 14 back with 51. William Nylander is 2 power play goals away from breaking the record for PP goals by a Leafs rookie. Nikita Zaitsev is 11 points away from breaking Borje Salming’s rookie defense scoring record.

Thanks to Hockey-Reference.com for the numbers.

Here are your potential lines for tonight.

Toronto (from the morning skate)

Jams van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Mitchell Marner
Leo Komarov -Brian Boyle - Connor Brown
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Matt Martin - Eric Fehr - Nikita Soshnikov

Morgan Rielly - Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner - Alexey Marchenko
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen
Curtis McElhinney

Philadelphia

Jordan Weal - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
Brayden Schenn - Valtteri Filppula - Jakub Voracek
Nick Cousins - Sean Couturier - Matt Read
Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Édouard Bellemare - Travis Konecny

Ivan Provorov - Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning - Shayne Gostisbehere
Michael Del Zotto - Radko Gudas

Steve Mason
Michal Neuvirth

- Toronto Philadelphia
- Toronto Philadelphia
Record 29-22-14 31-26-8
Division 4th 6th
Conference 9th 10th
League 16th 18th
Goal Differential 197 / 195 = +2 170 / 193 = -23
Power Play 22.9% - 3rd 20.5% - 12th
Penalty Kill 83.5% - 9th 80.8% - 17th
Most Goals Auston Matthews - 31 Wayne Simmonds - 27
Most Points Auston Matthews - 55 Jakub Voracek - 53
Top Goalie Frederik Andersen - .916sv% Steve Mason - .906sv%
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As I said above, it’s a big, big, game for both of these teams. The Flyers are hot right now, with a 4-0-1 record, including wins over Florida and Pittsburgh (but also including wins over Buffalo and Colorado). Here’s hoping for a playoff game tempo from these teams tonight. JP has your recap tonight, and we’ll see you at game time.