Flyers-Maple Leafs: What you need to know

Flyers-Maple Leafs: What you need to know

February 11, 2013, 11:00 am
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Flyers at Maple Leafs – 7 p.m., CSN
Air Canada Centre, Toronto

In the opener of a season-long, six-game road trip, the Flyers will look to take their momentum from a successful homestand into Monday’s matchup with the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

The Flyers finished their four-game homestand at Wells Fargo Center with a 3-0-1 record and took seven of eight available points.

Toronto is a great place for the Flyers to start their trip, as the club has won five consecutive games at Air Canada Centre and nine of its last 10 against the Leafs overall.

Records
Flyers: 5-6-1 (Fourth in Atlantic Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)

Maple Leafs: 7-5-0 (Second in Northeast Division, fifth in Eastern Conference)

Last meeting
The last time these two teams faced off, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each netted two goals and the Flyers crushed the Leafs in a 7-1 victory on March 29, 2012. Danny Briere had four helpers, while former Flyer Jaromir Jagr assisted on three goals. Defenseman Luke Schenn, then playing for Toronto, was a minus-3 in nearly 19 minutes of ice time.

The Flyers dominated the Leafs in 2011-12. They won all four contests and outscored Toronto by a 16-6 margin. Monday will mark the first of three meetings between the two teams this season.

Previous games
Briere scored 1:47 into overtime to give the Flyers a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon. Brayden Schenn scored a goal and added two helpers, while Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves to earn his fifth win of the season.

Toronto is coming off a 6-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Phil Kessel scored his second goal of the season and added two assists for the Leafs. Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist, and goalie James Reimer turned aside 37 shots to earn his seventh career shutout.

Keep an eye on...
Luke Schenn will return to Toronto for the first time since being traded by the Maple Leafs to the Flyers in exchange for van Riemsdyk this past offseason. Schenn appeared in 310 games for the Leafs, registering 14 goals and 217 penalty minutes.

JVR recorded 47 goals and 99 points in 196 career games for the Flyers. The 23-year-old forward is off to a solid start for the Leafs. He has seven goals and 41 shots on net through 12 games this season.

Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski will face a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Monday. Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty said Grabovski bit him during a scrum in the third period of Saturday’s game. Grabovski received a 10-minute misconduct and a roughing penalty after the scuffle.

Wayne Simmonds returned to the Flyers’ lineup on Saturday after missing three games with a concussion. He logged over 15 minutes of ice time while playing on the top line with Briere and Claude Giroux.

Head-to-head
Briere has had plenty of success against Toronto in his career. His 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 40 games versus the Leafs are his most against any NHL team.

Bryzgalov also has impressive numbers against the Leafs. He is 5-0 with one shutout, a 1.21 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in six games versus Toronto.

Reimer has faced the Flyers three times in his career. He is 1-2 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in those starts.

Did you know?
Over the past five games, the Flyers have killed 20 of their last 22 shorthanded situations. While the Flyers’ penalty kill unit has been lights out, their power play unit has faltered, going just 1-for-9 on the man advantage since a 3-for-3 performance in a 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes on Feb. 2.

Injuries
Flyers: Scott Hartnell is still recovering from surgery to repair his broken left foot. He had the cast removed on Thursday and could start skating this week.

Andrej Meszaros (left shoulder) is expected to be out for at least another two weeks.

Maple Leafs: Former Flyer Joffrey Lupul remains sidelined because of a broken forearm. Lupul suffered the injury after being hit by a hard Dion Phaneuf shot in the Leafs’ 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 24.

Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (strained hip) and forward Mike Brown (upper-body) are both on injured reserve.

Sound off
How many games do you think the Flyers will win on their road trip?