Flyers Leafs Preview; Pronger Visits
After suffering another disappointing shootout loss at the hands of the lowly New York Islanders, the Philadelphia Flyers (30-16-7) will try to get back on track tonight when they host theToronto Maple Leafs (28-20-6).
The Flyers put forth a solid effort in the shutout loss to the Islanders generating tons of scoring chances only to be rejected 45 times by the stellar goaltending of Evgeni Nabokov.
The loss was the team’s third consecutive, marking the first time that has happened this season.
If the Flyers put forth these types of performances on a consistent basis they will get the results they are looking for.
The Leafs are heading into Philly fresh off a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, snapping a three-game winning streak. Toronto has just one regulation loss in their last seven games.
This is the second of four meetings between these two teams this season. The Flyers took the first meeting in Philly 4-2 on October 24th.
The Flyers did not lost the game but, ultimately lost something even more valuable in the form of their captain, Chis Pronger.
After being hit in the eye by an errant Mikhail Grabovski stick, Pronger had to leave the game with a cut above his eye.
Missing his eye by inches, the captain was lucky that he didn’t lose his eye.
Unfortunately, the result was much worse than any one could have ever expected.
The original concern was as to whether Pronger was ever going to see again. Now the concern is whether he will ever play again.
It is believed that the hit resulted in a concussion. Since then he has suffered from severe post-concussion syndrome, which has put his professional career in jeopardy.
Since the announcement, he has larger been a ghost.
However, he stopped by practice on Wednesday to see the team for the first time in months and had no words for the media.
Reports have stated that he is experiencing good days and bad days and could not attend the teams Super Bowl party this past weekend.
By the Numbers
Toronto is 6-3-1 in their last ten while the Flyers (67) went 4-3-3 during that span.
The Flyers and Leafs (62) are separated by five points in the standings.
The Leafs surrender 2.85 goals per game while the Flyers surrender 2.87
These two teams are scoring above three goals per game, (Flyers 3.24, Leafs 3.06)
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