Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers: 7:00pm
Watch on: CBC, SNO, NHLN, NBCSP
Opponent’s site: Broad Street Hockey
After a long three-day break, and a messy loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, the Leafs are back and facing the Philadelphia Flyers on the road. The Flyers themselves are returning to Philly on the second half of a back-to-back, after beating the New Jersey Devils last night, winning 4-3 in the shootout.
Maple Leafs Lines
(Based on lines vs Washington)
Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev - Alexander Kerfoot - Mitch Marner
Trevor Moore - Jason Spezza - Kasperi Kapanen
Dmytro Timashov - Nick Shore - Frederik Gauthier
Injured: Zach Hyman, John Tavares
Morgan Rielly - Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin - Tyson Barrie
Travis Dermott - Justin Holl
Personal: Jake Muzzin
Philadelphia Flyers Lines
(Based on lines vs Devils on Friday)
James Van Riemsdyk – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl – Kevin Hayes – Joel Farabee
Carsen Twarynski – German Rubtsov – Chris Stewart
Ivan Provorov – Matt Niskanen
Shayne Gostisbehere – Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim – Philippe Myers
The Leafs will be squaring off with the Flyers tonight without Muzzin, who took a hard hit from Tom Wilson in Tuesday’s loss to the Washington Capitals. While he was at practice on Friday in a red, no-contact jersey, it is personal reasons, not his injury, that will keep him from playing. In the meantime, Marincin will be stepping in to play with Barrie, with the defense pairings otherwise not changing. After sitting out four practices earlier this week, Rielly also practiced with the team yesterday, and should play tonight.
John Tavares joined the Leafs for practice on October 30th, his first since breaking his finger earlier in the month – and making all of us really, really excited. However, Babcock told reporters this morning that he will not be back in for tonight’s game, leaving the forward lines unchanged from the previous game.
After losing their last two games, and struggling with a packed October schedule, the Leafs will want to start November with a strong game – something that both Babcock and Auston Matthews touched on when talking to media yesterday.
Auston Matthews not overreacting to where #Leafs are at right now: "We're 14 games in, and the world's like crashing down on us. But we're staying positive in this room. It's early. Still meshing together, new guys, new faces. We want to take another step here in November."— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 1, 2019
With any luck, they’ve taken the three days off getting ready to do exactly that.
Go Leafs go!