Flyers/Leafs Game Preview
The Flyers are coming off a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night,they surrendered the game winning goal with 1:46 left in the third to Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. The Flyers play five games in the next eight days, of those five games three will be played at home.
The Toronto Maple Leafs come into Philly leading the North East division with nine points. After starting off 4-0 the Leafs have faltered in their last two home games, most recently suffering their first regulation loss to the NY Rangers by the score of 2-1
In the 162 meetings between these two teams the Flyers are 81-51-22, they have done a great job against the Leafs in Philly and have an outstanding home record of 48-21-8.
Currently the Flyers are on a five game winning streak against the Leafs. The last time these two teams met was on Apr.6,2010 a game in which the Flyers won 2-0 with Brian Boucher picking up the shutout.
Jan. 14,2010 was the last time the leafs won a game against the Flyers,that game was in Toronto and was by the score of 4-0, Vesa Toskala picked up the shutout.
The Flyers and Leafs have been involved in twenty trades over the years, a few hall of famers and other notables have come and gone, here are a few of the names.
1971 Bernie Parent went from Philly to Toronto for 2 players and a 1st round pick.May of 73 parent was sent back with a 2nd round pick and Toronto received a 1st rounder and Doug Favell.
Jan of 82 Darryl Sittler was sent to Philly for a 2nd rounder and 2 players. Ken Wregget to Philly in 89 for two 1st round picks.
In The Nets
Probable Starters for tonights game:
Brian Boucher - Phi - (0-1-1) 2.50 GAA Looked like he was going to step in for the injured Leighton and get the majority of the starts, but that hasn't happened as he lost playing time to Sergei Bobrovsky.
Look for Boosh t have a good game tonight as he is 4-2-1 with a 1.69 GAA in his career aginst the Leafs.
Jean-Sebastien-Giguere - Tor
Giguere has had a good start to the season as he is 3-0-1 and has a 1.96 GAA . He has a 2-5-1 overall record against the Flyers and a 3.25 GAA
There could be another heavyweight battle tonight at the Wells Fargo Center,and for the main event look for Jody Shelley and Colton Orr to square off.
On The Lookout
The Flyers are coming off of a season high 42 shots on net against the Ducks with only 2 goals to show for it. In their current three game losing streak the Flyers only managed to score five times ,so look for them to get more quality shots at the net tonight.
Checkout the Flyers goalie situation, as Bobrovsky has stumbled a bit lately now and teams have a book on him. Seems like the opposition has figured out shooting high on Bob is a weakness,not only are they shooting high but from also from long range as he is good in tight and down low. I have a feeling Boosh will get the nod tonight but you never know with the Flyers goalie-go-round.
Of course the power play and playing a disciplined game is a must. Keep an eye on Hartnell as he could stir the pot tonight while he is on his feet. Richards has had success against the Leafs in his last nine games, having scored six goals and two assists during those meetings.
The Leafs were off to a great start winning their first four games this season. Lately they have been having problems scoring, two goals in their last two games. Their power play was off to a great start and that has taken a step back the last two games also. Look for Toronto to turn it around in those areas.
Look for Kessel, Bozak, Kumelin and MacArthur to help out in the scoring department for the Leafs. Kessel and Macarther have combined for 10 of the teams 18 goals this season,in fourteen meetings Kessel is scorless against the Flyers and MacArthur has netted one goal in nine meetings against Philly. Look for those two break that streak.
Dion Pheonuf and Karberle will be the two Defensemen to keep an eye on for their puck moving and hard hitting respectively.
Flyers need to wake up or they will be 1-4 during this trip home,they need to stay out of the box which is the most obvious thing right now for this team. If they do not start playing a more disciplined style of game this will be a long season.
It's too early for panic mode to kick in but how long will the front office sit back without doing something, even if it is a small trade involving Carcillo.Speaking of him he has been a healthy scratch the last few games but may crack the lineup tonight if Leino can not go.
Leino collided with Pronger at practice the other day and took a knee in his thigh giving him a charley horse. Leino was looking good last game and took the open ice the Ducks were given, hopefully this did not tweak his surgically repaired hip.
The only line that has been half decent was the line with him, Briere and Hartnell, that line will stick together until they prove other wise. Look for the Laviolette to do some tweaking of the other lines during the game.
Step Up Players
Carcillo (if in lineup), Richards, Carter