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Flyers-Maple Leafs Preview

Saturday, 04.8.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Having clinched a playoff spot in an arena where they usually struggle, the Philadelphia Flyers look to maintain their momentum when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers have clinched their 11th straight playoff berth after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Friday. The victory was their first in Buffalo since April 8, 2001 and the first in four games this season against the Sabres.

"From a confidence standpoint, this helps us," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We know we can come in and play well in this building."

Simon Gagne had a goal and two assists for Philadelphia, giving him sixth points in the last four games. The Flyers needed the effort without Peter Forsberg and Petr Nedved, who both sat out with groin injuries.

The win was a big confidence boost for the Flyers, who could face the Sabres in the playoffs.

"This has been a difficult building for us," said goaltender Robert Esche, who made 20 saves. "This was a step in the right direction, especially if they are our first-round (opponent)."

Philadelphia is three points behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers and within five points of the fourth-place Sabres in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

After losing their seventh shootout game of the season 3-2 to Boston on Thursday, the Leafs find themselves seven points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot with six games to go.

Two of the shootout losses came within the last week.

"We can't seem to find a way to win in those situations," said coach Pat Quinn. "Those are two big points. They both went to shootouts and obviously we haven't done well there."

Toronto was down 2-1 late in the third period before Mats Sundin scored with 13 seconds left in regulation to salvage the point for the team.

"We kind of stole a point," goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin said. "I'd love to win a game in the shootout, but we need to build positives."

The Leafs have not missed the playoffs since the 1997-98 season.

STANDINGS: Maple Leafs - 80 points, 4th place, 28 PB, Northeast Division. Flyers - 95 points, 2nd place, 3 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Maple Leafs - Darcy Tucker, 26 goals; Tomas Kaberle, 51 assists; Sundin and Bryan McCabe, 64 points; Bryan McCabe, 112 PIM. Flyers - Gagne, 44 goals; Forsberg, 55 assists and 74 points; Donald Brashear, 136 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Maple Leafs - Power play: 20.0 percent (92 for 460), 4th in NHL. Penalty killing: 79.7 percent (369 for 463), 24th. Flyers - Power play: 18.1 percent (76 for 420), 13th (tied). Penalty killing: 79.4 percent (343 for 431), 25th.

GOALTENDERS: Maple Leafs - Aubin (4-0-2, 1 SO, 1.79 GAA); Mikael Tellqvist (10-10-2, 2, 3.00). Flyers - Esche (20-9-5, 1, 2.93); Antero Niittymaki (22-14-6, 2, 2.98).

SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 28; Maple Leafs, 3-2. At Philadelphia, Aubin made 28 saves in his second start of the season and Alexei Ponikarovsky and Alex Steen scored in the third period to give the Leafs the win.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Maple Leafs - 13-20-5 on the road; Flyers - 20-12-6 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 53 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 53 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 53 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 51 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 35 9 20 4 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 53 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 51 4 9 -8 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 14 7 .917 2.65
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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