Flyers-Maple Leafs: What you need to know

Flyers-Maple Leafs: What you need to know

February 25, 2013, 11:00 am
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Flyers vs. Maple Leafs – 7 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Flyers: 9-10-1 (Third in Atlantic Division, ninth in Eastern Conference)

Maple Leafs: 11-8-0 (Fourth in Northeast Divison, seventh in Eastern Conference)

Last meeting
In the last matchup between these two clubs, Wayne Simmonds scored 38 seconds into the game, but a poor six-minute span in the second period led to three Maple Leaf goals and ultimately a 5-2 loss for the Orange and Black. Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots. Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk, in his first game against his former club, beat Brian Boucher for Toronto’s fifth goal.

Monday will mark the second of three contests between the teams this season. They Flyers dominated the Maple Leafs in 2011-12, winning all four meetings and outscoring Toronto by a 16-6 margin.

Previous games
Simmonds collected his second Gordie Howe hat trick – a goal, an assist and a fight – in three games, Brayden Schenn had two goals and a helper and Jakub Voracek assisted on three markers to help the Flyers rally for a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon. Bryzgalov turned aside 34 shots to pick up his ninth victory of the season.

Toronto is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Ben Scrivens made 32 saves for the Leafs but allowed his former roommate at Cornell, Colin Greening, to score with 24 seconds remaining to give Ottawa the win. Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto, which has lost three of its last four road games.

Who's hot
There isn’t a Flyer hotter than Voracek right now. The 23-year-old has four goals and eight assists during his current five-game scoring streak. Voracek is first on the Flyers in assists (12) and points (22) and is tied with two others for the team-lead in goals (7).

Claude Giroux finally looks like he is returning to form after a frustrating start to this lockout-shortened season. The Flyers’ captain has tallied three goals and five assists over his last four games and should continue to put up points with Scott Hartnell back from a foot injury.

For the Maple Leafs, van Riemsdyk has found some early success playing on a line with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. JVR has a team-high 11 goals and has 10 points in his last 10 contests.

Keep an eye on...
After struggling to find offense in the early going, the Flyers have had no trouble finding the back of the net as of late. They scored 20 goals while going 3-1 this past week and have improved their goals per game to 2.9 on the season.

That doesn’t bode well for Toronto, which has been sloppy with the puck for much of the year, averaging 9.4 giveaways per contest. If that trend continues against the Flyers, expect another offensive outburst.

Danny Briere always seems to perform well against Toronto, although he was held scoreless in the Flyers’ loss to the Leafs earlier this season. In 41 games against Toronto, Briere has put up 17 goals and 26 points. His 43 points versus the Leafs are his most against any NHL club.

Scrivens has gone 3-3-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average and two shutouts in six straight starts since starting goalie James Reimer went down with an MCL strain on Feb. 11 against the Flyers.

Did you know?
Voracek became the first Flyer since Peter Forsberg in 2005 to register at least 12 points in five consecutive games after collecting three helpers against the Jets.

Flyers: Andrej Meszaros is still recovering from a left shoulder injury and is closing in on a return. General manager Paul Holmgren said Thursday that Meszaros was expected to miss another 7-to-10 days after a team doctor cleared the defenseman for “limited” practice.

Matt Read (torn rib-cage muscles) will be sidelined for six weeks. Jody Shelley (hip) and Michael Leighton (finger) are on injured reserve and remain out.

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.

Colton Orr (lower-body) will miss Monday’s game.

Matt Frattin and Reimer are both on injured reserve with knee injuries.

Sound off
How long will Voracek’s point streak will last?