Wells Fargo Centre, Philadelphia
7:00 PM
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The Matchup

The Leafs roll into Philadelphia today and get ready to take on the suddenly streaking Flyers. Philadelphia has won five of their last six ahead of tonight's game and have put themselves just two points out of a wildcard spot with three games at hand. The Leafs, on the other hand, are on a five game losing streak. It hasn't been pretty. They're currently sitting in 29th place with three games at hand over Columbus (30th) and Buffalo (28th).

This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. It looks like Babcock is going to try and shake some things up on special teams in the near future:

So this is an interesting development. Babcock went on to say that the Kadri on the PK probably won't happen immediately, so you likely won't see it this game. That said, the Leafs currently sit 17th in the league in PK%, right in the middle of the pack. That said, they're first in the league in CA60 on the PK so they've been surprisingly effective at limiting shots against. The story is much the same for scoring chances and high-danger scoring chances according to war-on-ice. It'll be interesting to see if Kadri helps or hurts that.

(The PP is also leading the league in those same categories--CF60, SCF60, and HDSCF60--so the recent PP struggles may be more luck than anything else).

Rich Clune in over Josh Leivo?


Lines (via NHL.com)


Shawn Matthias - Tyler Bozak - PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
Joffrey Lupul - Peter Holland - Brad Boyes
Daniel Winnik - Byron Froese - Rich Clune

Matt Hunwick - Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner - Dion Phaneuf
Martin Marincin - Roman Polak

James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier


Jakub Voracek - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl - Sean Couturier - Brayden Schenn
Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Ryan White
Matt Read - Scott Laughton - R.J. Umberger

Michael Del Zotto - Radko Gudas
Nick Schultz - Mark Streit
Evgeny Medvedev - Shayne Gostisbehere

Steve Mason
Michal Neuvirth