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Maple Leafs-Flyers Preview/Game Notes

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Maple Leafs-Flyers Preview/Game Notes
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers

GAME NOTES

Tonight's game is the Flyers' 71st game of the season...The Flyers have a 35-26-9 record for 79 points through 70 games (fourth in the Atlantic Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference)...The Flyers have earned at least a point in the standings in nine of the last 11 games (5-2-4)...The Flyers lost in overtime at Toronto last night, 4-3, ending the team's two-game winning streak...The Flyers lost at NY Rangers on March 2, 5-4 in a shootout, ending the team's three-game winning streak...The Flyers won at Buffalo on Feb. 25, 4-3 in a shootout, ending their 10-game winless streak (0-8-2 - tied for the fourth longest winless streak in team history)...The Flyers' 3-2 shootout loss at Ottawa on Feb. 19, ended the team's seven-game losing streak (longest losing streak of the season and tied for the second-longest losing streak in team history)...The Flyers have surpassed their win and point totals from last season (finished the 2006-07 season with 22 wins and 56 points)...The Flyers have a 25-6-6 record when scoring the first goal of the game...The Flyers have only lost seven times when leading after a period (14-2-2 record when leading after the first period and 25-1-2 record when leading after two periods)...The Flyers have a 16-13-6 record at home and a 19-13-3 record on the road.

Shots: The Flyers have averaged 28.4 shots per game and have allowed 32.3 shots per game this season...The Flyers have been outshot on average 3.9 shots per game...The Flyers have been outshot in 42 of 70 games this season (14-8-3 record when outshooting opponent; 19-17-6 record when outshot by opponent; 2-1-0 record when shots are even).

REGULAR SEASON LIFETIME SERIES VS. TORONTO:

This is the fourth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have won two of the three games and have earned at least a point in each of the three games (2-0-1 record). The Flyers lead the all-time series with a 76-45-22-2 record, including a 44-20-8-0 record at home.

LAST MEETING:
March 11: Toronto 4, FLYERS 3 in overtime at Air Canada Centre: The Flyers allowed the final four goals of the game to turn a 3-0 third-period lead into a 4-3 overtime defeat at Toronto. Defenseman Pavel Kubina scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, to lead the Maple Leafs. Braydon Coburn (1G,1A), R.J. Umberger (2A) and Vaclav Prospal (2A) each posted two points to lead the Flyers. Scottie Upshall and Danny Briere each scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Martin Biron allowed four goals on 55 shots faced to record the loss. Stars of the Game: 1st - Mats Sundin; 2nd - Vaclav Prospal; 3rd - Pavel Kubina.

INJURIES:
TOTAL MAN-GAMES LOST TO INJURY IN 2007-08: 261
Simon Gagne (LW) - Has missed the last 15 games due a mild concussion sustained at Pittsburgh on Feb. 10...Will be out of action indefinitely.
Joffrey Lupul (RW) - Has missed the last 12 games due to a high ankle sprain sustained at Montreal on Feb. 16...Will be out of action indefinitely.
Mike Richards (C) - Has missed the last eight games after sustaining a torn left hamstring vs. Florida on Feb. 23...Will be out of action for another week.

TRANSACTIONS:
March 5 - Flyers recalled forward Stefan Ruzicka from the Philadelphia Phantoms.
March 9 - Flyers reassigned forward Stefan Ruzicka to the Philadelphia Phantoms.

FLYERS' RECORD AGAINST:
The Flyers have a 30-21-9 record against Eastern Conference opponents; including 7-7-4 against Northeast Division teams, 12-4-3 against Southeast Division teams and 11-10-2 against Atlantic Division teams, and a 5-5-0 record against the Western Conference; including 3-2-0 against Northwest Division teams and 2-3-0 against Pacific Division teams.

GOALS FOR/GOALS AGAINST:
The Flyers have scored 214 goals this season (3.06 goals per game average)...The Flyers allowed 196 goals against this season (2.77 GAA).

The Flyers have a 33-9-7 record when scoring three or more goals and a 2-17-2 record when scoring two or fewer goals. The Flyers have a 7-22-7 record when allowing three or more goals and a 28-4-2 record when allowing two or fewer goals.

The Flyers' 4-0 loss vs. NY Rangers on Jan. 31, ended the team's streak of 11 straight games of scoring at least three goals (48 goals over span - 4.36 goals per game).

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Flyers have scored 77 goals on 339 power play attempts this season (22.7%), including 41 goals on 174 at home (23.6%)...The Flyers have successfully killed 276 of 334 power play attempts against this season (82.6%), including 127 of 155 attempts at home (81.9%)...The Flyers scored 13 shorthanded goals this season, while allowing six shorthanded goals against.

The Flyers' 4-0 loss vs. NY Rangers on Jan. 31, ended the team's streak of 11 straight games of scoring a power play goal (19 goals in 57 power play attempts - 33.3%).

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES:
The Flyers have 17 pairs of back-to-back games this season. They have a 5-6-4 record in the first game and a 6-6-2 record in the second game this season.

MILESTONES:

Jaroslav Modry - Needs one assist to reach 200 in the NHL.

TOYOTA CUP:
Martin Biron - 43
Mike Richards - 42
Joffrey Lupul - 28
Jeff Carter - 27
Mike Knuble - 26
Complete standings

RECENT GAMES:

March 11: Toronto 4, FLYERS 3 in overtime at Air Canada Centre: The Flyers allowed the final four goals of the game to turn a 3-0 third-period lead into a 4-3 overtime defeat at Toronto. Defenseman Pavel Kubina scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, to lead the Maple Leafs. Braydon Coburn (1G,1A), R.J. Umberger (2A) and Vaclav Prospal (2A) each posted two points to lead the Flyers. Scottie Upshall and Danny Briere each scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Martin Biron allowed four goals on 55 shots faced to record the loss. Stars of the Game: 1st - Mats Sundin; 2nd - Vaclav Prospal; 3rd - Pavel Kubina.

March 8: FLYERS 4, NY Islanders 1 at Wachovia Center: The Flyers scored four power play goals, including two by Scott Hartnell, to defeat the NY Islanders in Philadelphia, 4-1. Defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn each recorded three assists, while goaltender Martin Biron stopped 32 of 33 shots faced to earn his 25th win of the year and improve to 5-1-1 in his last seven starts. Stars of the Game: 1st - Kimmo Timonen; 2nd - Scott Hartnell; 3rd - Braydon Coburn.

March 6: FLYERS 3, Tampa Bay 2 at Wachovia Center: Jeff Carter's second goal of the game, at 18:06 of the third period, gave the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to end the Flyers' eight-game losing streak against the Lightning in Philadelphia. Danny Briere scored the Flyers' first goal of the game. Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 18 of 20 shots face to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Jeff Carter; 2nd - Alexandre Picard; 3rd - Riley Cote.

March 4: Buffalo 5, FLYERS 2 at Wachovia Center: Buffalo scored three third-period goals to turn a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 Sabres win. Maxim Afinogenov led the Sabres with three points (2G,1A). Scottie Upshall and Steve Downie each scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Martin Biron allowed five goals on 18 shots faced to record the loss. Stars of the Game: 1st - Maxim Afinogenov; 2nd - Jason Pominville; 3rd - Steve Bernier.

March 2: NY Rangers 5, FLYERS 4 in a shootout at Madison Square Garden: The Rangers outscored the Flyers, 2-0, in the shootout to defeat the Flyers. 5-4. Jeff Carter (2G), Scottie Upshall (2A) and Kimmo Timonen (2A) each posted two assists in the contest to lead the Flyers. Goaltender Martin Biron stopped all 21 shots faced in 43:09 minutes played in relief of Antero Niitymaki, but allowed both Rangers shootout goals to record the loss. Braydon Coburn and Vaclav Prospal each scored a goal for the Flyers. Stars of the Game: 1st - Brendan Shanahan; 2nd - Stephen Valiquette; 3rd - Jeff Carter.


The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't letting many teams get in their way of returning to the playoffs, especially not the club they're chasing for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

Led by red-hot captain Mats Sundin, the Maple Leafs look to sweep their home-and-home set with the Philadelphia Flyers when the teams meet on Wednesday at Wachovia Center.

Toronto (31-30-10) is currently tied with Washington and Florida for 10th in the conference, seven points behind Philadelphia (35-26-9) for the final playoff spot with 11 games remaining.

The Maple Leafs, hoping to avoid missing the playoffs in three straight seasons for the first time in 80 years, are 8-3-1 in their last 12 games and Sundin has played the biggest part in that success.

Sundin has eight goals and 10 assists in those 12 contests, including eight goals and eight assists during a season-high nine-game point streak. He has also been very productive against the Flyers recently, tallying eight goals and six assists during a 10-game streak versus them.

Sundin scored one goal and set up another, and Toronto rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period before Pavel Kubina's second goal of the game 4:04 into overtime Tuesday lifted the Leafs to a wild 4-3 victory.

"We're alive," Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice said.

Vesa Toskala made 23 saves for Toronto, which is 4-0-1 in its last five road games.

"I liked the courage we showed and the character in coming back like that," Sundin said.

The Flyers, meanwhile, failed to record their third straight victory and fell to 5-1-3 since matching a franchise record with 10 straight losses from Feb. 6-23.

Defenseman Braydon Coburn had a goal and an assist, while Vaclav Prospal and R.J. Umberger set up two goals apiece for the Flyers, who hope to reach the postseason for the 12th time in 13 seasons after missing out in 2006-07.

"We just played with way too much panic in our game," said Flyers coach John Stevens, whose team was outshot 55-25. "You have to have the courage to play. You have to have the courage to take people on 1-on-1. You have to have the courage to play a hockey game."

Martin Biron made a career-high 51 saves, dropping to 3-1-2 with a 2.76 goals-against average in his last six starts against the Maple Leafs.

"They kept putting pressure on us, kept taking chances, and it paid off for them at a key time in the game," said Biron, who is 5-1-2 with a 2.23 GAA in his last eight overall games. "That pressure made it hard for us to do a lot of the little things."

The Flyers lost to the Maple Leafs for the first time in three games this season, but can still win the season series for the first time since going 3-1-0 against them in 2003-04.

Philadelphia, which has won three of four overall at home, has beaten Toronto just once in the last six meetings there - a 4-1 victory on Dec. 27.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 12 '08TOR 3 at PHI 2P. Kubina
Mar 11 '08PHI 3 at TOR 4 - OTP. Kubina
Jan 05 '08PHI 3 at TOR 2M. Richards
Dec 27 '07TOR 1 at PHI 4J. Lupul
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