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Flyers Look to Keep Rolling In Toronto

The Matchup

Philadelphia Flyers (16-17-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (20-12-4)
Air Canada Centre — Toronto, Alberta, CAN
7:00 pm -- Comcast Sportsnet and 93.3 FM WMMR

Setting the Stage

The Flyers are on their first three-game winning streak of the season and it couldn't come at a more opportune time. They sit four points out of the 8th spot of the playoffs with 12 games remaining.

This is the third and final meeting between the two teams with Toronto winning the first two. They won at home on February 11, 5-2, and again on February 25, 5-3, in Philadelphia.

Toronto has been playing well this season and are poised to make the post season. They are winners of three straight.

What to Expect

The Flyers need to keep the momentum going but it will be tough playing in back-to-back games. This is the second straight time they're playing a back-to-back that includes a home game and a road game in Canada. This is their ninth back-to-back overall with them going 4-4 in the latter half so far.

Jakub Voracek is still the Flyers leader in scoring with 15 goals and 37 points. Claude Giroux is right behind him with 36 points, 25 of them being a team-high in assists.

Nazem Kadri has four points, all assists, in two games of the season series this year against the Flyers. He's been enjoying a fine season as well, leading the team with 17 goals and 39 points. Phil Kessel has a team-high 24 assists to go with his 34 points. James van Riemsdyk has 14 goals, second on the team.

 

The Masked Men

Ilya Bryzgalov will make his 20th straight start. He is 16-14-3 with a 2.82 GAA and .899 save percentage. He was okay in the Flyers 5-3 win over Montreal yesterday, stopping 14 of the 17 shots he faced in the win.

James Riemer will get the call against Philadelphia tonight. He's been great all season, going 13-4-4 with a 2.52 GAA and .920 save percentage. 

Keys to the Game

1. Stay Hot. The Flyers are on their first official winning streak of the season and it comes at the most opportune time. It's simple: just keep winning and let the rest handle itself. They can only focus on that because that's the only thing they control at this point in the season.

2. Kadri. The kid is good, let's face it. He has four points in the previous two games against the Flyers. He is also coming fresh off a hat trick on March 30 against Ottawa. If Philadelphia can slow him down, they will be on the track for a fourth straight win.

3. Bryz. There's a new guy in town and Bryzgalov's future may be in jeopardy. This will be the first game at Mason sits on the bench while Bryzgalov is out on the ice. If Bryzgalov continues to play well and helps carry the Flyers into the post season he will be okay. 

Quotable

"We won’t give up. We still have a chance and if we keep winning we’ll be right back in the mix. We can only control what we can control by us winning games. We can’t focus too much on what’s going on around the league. We got to make our own destiny and we still have a chance so it’s good for us." -- Sean Couturier.