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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Maple Leafs; Flyers vs. Capitals

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers

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Toronto Maple Leafs (at London, Ont.) - 97.5 The Fanatic
Washington Capitals (at Wells Fargo Center) - TCN

1. DOUBLE DUTY
Tonight is the first and only split-squad game this preseason for the Flyers, who have eight pre-season games in total… The Flyers split, their split-squad game in last year’s preseason — both of which were decided by a shootout as the Flyers earned a win in the seventh round in a 3-2 win at Toronto, while dropping a 4-3 shootout at the Wells Fargo Center… Overall, the Flyers went 1-5-1 in seven preseason games last year… Flyers head coach Craig Berube will coach the squad against the Caps at home, while assistant coaches Ian Laperriere and Gord Murphy will run the bench tonight in London… Berube will re-join the team to coach them in Toronto on Tuesday.

2. HOCKEY IS BACK
The Flyers host their first of three preseason games at the Wells Fargo Center tonight with the Capitals coming into town… It has been 144 days since the Flyers last took to the ice in Philadelphia, which was a 5-2 victory in Game Six of the First Round series vs. New York Rangers… The Flyers posted a 24-14-3 record on home ice last season, second-best in the Metropolitan Division and fourth-best in the Eastern Conference.

3. LONDON CALLING
The Flyers will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario… It is the 10th time the Flyers will play a preseason game in London, owning a 4-3-2 mark with each of the last three games being decided by one goal, including two by a shootout… This will also be the fourth time in the last five preseasons that the Flyers will host the Maple Leafs, who have won the previous three meetings… Four players on the Flyers roster have ties to London, having played for the OHL team, the London Knights (Michael Del Zotto, Steve Mason, Zac Rinaldo & Anthony Stolarz).

4a. PLAYER TO WATCH - FLYERS @ LONDON: (#65) Anthony Stolarz
Stolarz hails from Jackson, NJ, but spent the last two years playing for the London Knight where he participated in two consecutive Memorial Cup Tournaments… He ended his junior career posting a 25-5-2 record and 2.52 goals-against average with four shutouts… Stolarz is also no stranger to getting into games for the Flyers… He allowed just one goal through parts of two periods in the Flyers-Maple Leafs game in London last season, and has blanked the Washington Capitals in two straight outings of the last two Rookie Games of Flyers rookie camp… He was drafted by the Flyers in the second-round (45th overall) in 2012

4b. PLAYER TO WATCH - FLYERS vs. CAPITALS: (#53) Shayne Gostisbehere
Tonight will be Gostisbehere’s first time suiting up in an official NHL game of any type… The last time he appeared on the ice surface of the Wells Fargo Center he posted a goal and two assists for three points to go along with a plus-7 rating in the NCAA Championship game, where he led Union College to a 7-4 win over the University of Minnesota… Gostisbehere was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers on Apr. 15 of this year.

5a. PLAYER TO WATCH - TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: (#43) Nazem Kadri
A former London Knight, Kadri (2008-10) will appear in his second straight London game, and fourth overall, for the Maple Leafs after posting a goal and an assist to lead Toronto to a 4-3 win in last year’s game… In his previous three London games against the Flyers, he has posted two goals and an assist for three points, not including a shootout goal in the 2010 contest… Kadri posted 50 points (20g-30a) in 78 games to rank third on Toronto in scoring last year.

5b. PLAYER TO WATCH - WASHINGTON CAPITALS: (#64) Jakub Vrana
Vrana comes into town as the Caps most recent first round draft pick (13th overall)… The Czech native spent last season with Linkoping in the Swedish Hockey League split between the junior team, where he posted 14 goals and 25 points in 24 games and the pro team where he posted two goals and three points in 24 games.

vs. Washington Capitals
Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Budweiser Gardens | London, Ont.

FORWARDS
10 Brayden Schenn
18 RJ Umberger
34 Andrew Gordon
40 Vincent Lecavalier
41 Andrew Jones
51 Petr Straka
57 Derek Mathers
58 Taylor Leier
61 Brett Hextall
76 Chris VandeVelde
81 Marcel Noebels
93 Jakub Voracek

DEFENSEMEN
5 Braydon Coburn
32 Mark Streit
47 Andrew MacDonald
53 Shayne Gostisbehere
54 Robert Hagg
71 Travis Sanheim

GOALTENDERS
29 Ray Emery
72 Rob Zepp

FORWARDS
12 Michael Raffl
14 Sean Couturier
17 Wayne Simmonds
24 Matt Read
36 Zac Rinaldo
42 Jason Akeson
45 Zack Stortini
46 Darroll Powe
49 Scott Laughton
52 Nick Cousins
64 Brandon Alderson
78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

DEFENSEMEN
15 Michael Del Zotto
22 Luke Schenn
39 Mark Alt
43 Brandon Manning
50 Sam Morin
55 Nick Schultz

GOALTENDERS
35 Steve Mason
65 Anthony Stolarz

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