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Flyers visit Maple Leafs chasing fourth straight win

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 10:43 AM

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

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Flyers visit Maple Leafs chasing fourth straight win
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

FLYERS (16-17-3) at MAPLE LEAFS (20-12-4)


Last 10: Philadelphia 5-3-2; Toronto 5-2-3

Season series: This is the third and final meeting of the season between the teams. The Leafs won their first two games, most recently 4-2 in Philadelphia on Feb. 25.

Big story: Can the Flyers continue their strong recent play and surge into contention for a playoff spot? Or will the Maple Leafs, now past the turmoil of the trade deadline, continue to solidify their postseason spot?

Team Scope:

Flyers: The Flyers certainly felt good after winning their season-best third straight game, a come-from-behind 5-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

However, they know they have to win a lot more than three games if they want to climb into the top eight in the Eastern Conference.

"It's a good sign [but] it doesn't matter how many games you win in a row," forward Simon Gagne said. "Every game from now on is going to be really big for us. … It doesn't matter if you win one in a row, two in a row, three in a row -- every game from now on is going to be big for us."

Maple Leafs: While most of the headlines Wednesday surrounded the Maple Leafs' purported chase for a goaltender, general manager Dave Nonis added a piece he felt was just as important -- stay-at-home defenseman Ryan O'Byrne from the Colorado Avalanche.

The 6-foot-5, 234-pound O'Byrne has just four points in 34 games, but was second on the Avalanche with 76 hits and fourth with 49 blocked shots.

"He's a defensive defenseman," Nonis told the Toronto Star. "We feel he can play with good players. He can play with John-Michael Liles, with a Jake Gardiner, a Mike Kostka. Those are the most likely pairings."

Who's hot: Flyers captain Claude Giroux has three goals and seven assists in the past seven games. … The last time Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri was on the ice, he had his first NHL hat trick, plus an assist, in Toronto's 4-0 win at the Ottawa Senators on March 30.

Injury report: The Flyers will be missing forwards Danny Briere (concussion), Maxime Talbot (leg) and Jody Shelley (hip), and defensemen Braydon Coburn (shoulder), Andrej Meszaros (shoulder). Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann (upper-body) and forward Zac Rinaldo (lower-body) are questionable.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 04 '13 PHI 5 at TOR 3 J. Rosehill
Feb 25 '13 TOR 4 at PHI 2 M. Grabovski
Feb 11 '13 PHI 2 at TOR 5 M. Frattin
J. Voracek37162238-72782
C. Giroux37112637-71862
W. Simmonds34121325-87063
K. Timonen3742024+23220
B. Schenn3671522-71520
M. Read3191019-3212
D. Briere265813-13621
R. Fedotenko373912+101201
S. Couturier353912-11400
S. Gagne274711+0620
M. Talbot355510+22300
L. Schenn36369+43200
M. Knuble23448-12011
S. Hartnell21437-15420
B. Gervais34156-131000
Z. Rinaldo32325-78500
T. McGinn18325+01901
B. Coburn33145-104100
K. Foster17145-2610
E. Gustafsson16145-4201
N. Grossmann30134-12100
A. Hall27044+22300
T. Sestito7202+11201
A. Meszaros11022-9200
J. Rosehill1101+0501
H. Zolnierczyk7011+03600
O. Lauridsen4011+2600
K. Huskins14000-3400
S. Laughton5000+0000
E. Wellwood4000+0000
J. Shelley1000+0000
A. Lilja1000-1000
I. Bryzgalov3517-14-3959372.82.899
B. Boucher40-2-06552.50.891
M. Leighton10-1-05265.08.808
N. Kadri37172239+191951
P. Kessel37102434-51632
J. van Riemsdyk3715924-61642
T. Bozak37101323-6432
D. Phaneuf3771623-24321
N. Kulemin3771421-31600
C. Franson3431720+8620
C. MacArthur3071017+6621
M. Grabovski378715-82401
J. Lupul108614+9833
J. McClement376713+0600
C. Gunnarsson2911213+81200
M. Frattin217512+4403
J. Liles23279+1400
M. Kostka32088-82500
M. Fraser34066+145400
F. McLaren28325+16302
L. Komarov31145-11401
C. Orr34134+313400
K. Holzer22213-122801
J. Gardiner7022+0000
D. Steckel13011-2000
M. Brown12011+17000
R. Hamilton7011+0000
M. Komisarek4000+2200
J. Reimer2313-5-4556662.60.917
B. Scrivens187-8-0415002.59.918
J. Rynnas10-0-0060.001.000