Game Day Flyers@Leafs
Shortly after the devastating loss last night to the San Jose Sharks the Philadelphia Flyers (17-7-5) hopped on a charter and headed north to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs (10-12-4) at the Air Canada Centre at 7:00 pm.
The Flyers squandered a three goal lead in the third period and went on to lose the game in the shoot out. You can read last night's recap here.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming back home from a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh last night which should not be a surprise to Leafs fans as they have seen their team lose nine of their last ten road games.
These two teams have met once already this season on Oct 23, a game the Flyers won 5-2 snapping a three game losing streak. Each member of the Briere line would get a goal on this night as the Flyers would out shoot the Leafs 40-15.
The Flyers would have six power play opportunities in this game and Leino's late first period goal was the only one they capitalized on. The Flyers are still leading the league in goals for with 98, while the Leafs are 28th in the league with 59 goals for.
The penalty kill percentage for the Leafs is pretty bad as they rank 29 out of 30 teams with 76.19% success rate. The Flyers rank 14th in the penalty kill with a 82.96% success rate.
The Flyers are tied at the top of the league in short handed goals with six, the Leafs are tied with six other teams with one short handed goal. The Tampa Bay Lightning is the only team in the NHL with out a short handed tally.
In The Nets
For the Flyers one would think they would start Boucher tonight in Toronto against the Leafs . Boucher is 5-3-1 versus the Maple Leafs with a 2.20 GAA.
Bobrovsky has started six of the last seven games and will probably catch a break tonight. Interesting article here by Anthony Sanflippo, What's Up With BOB ?
The Maple Leafs could start Jonas Gustavsson tonight again as J.S. Giguere is day to day which is probably a good thing for the Leafs as Giguere is 2-6-1 versus the Flyers in his career with a 3.88 GAA.
Tonight's game should be fueled by anger, both teams suffered bad losses last night. The Leafs losing 5-2 to the Pens and the Flyers surrendering a 4-1 third period lead to lose the game in a shootout.
Both coaches were not happy after the game last night as neither team put forth a sixty minute effort. The Flyers put in forty minutes of effort into last night's game while the Leafs asserted themselves for 20 minutes in their matchup.
We will see which coach got through to his players in the first ten minutes of tonight's game. The Flyers must do a better job on face-offs tonight the tying goal came right off the draw .
Mike Richards and Jeff Carter went a combined 1-14 against Joe Thorton in face-offs last night.
Possession is a big part of hockey and being strong on face-offs gives you the edge from the drop of the puck.
Do not expect to see Dion Phaneuf in the lineup for the Leafs as he has been ruled out for tonight's matchup.
Claude Giroux recorded his 100th point last night when he scored his 14th goal of the season which tied him the the team lead with Danny Briere.
Step Up Players
Briere - Bad Penalties, needs to make up for it
Powe - Been quiet lately
Carter - Need mre goals from the "goal scorer"