This is the second of three meetings, and first and only meeting in Toronto for the Flyers this season… In the first meeting, defenseman Matt Hunwick of the Maple Leafs scored the game-winning goal with eight seconds left to take a 3-2 win on Jan. 19… Dating back to last season, the Flyers have lost two straight to Toronto, both by a score of 3-2, while their last three games have all been decided by one goal… Claude Giroux averages over a point per-game against the Maple Leafs in his career with 25 points (9g-16a) in 24 games… Former Flyer Joffrey Lupul averages nearly a point-per-game against his former club, with 13 points (5g-8a) in 14 games.
Claude Giroux is one point shy of reaching 500 in his NHL career, having played in 553 games coming into tonight… The Flyers are playing the 11th of 15 games over the span of just 28 days in the month of February… The Flyers have dropped three of their last four games, as well as six of their last eight, but have earned at least a point in eight of their last 11 contests, going 5-3-3… The Flyers come into tonight playing the second of games on back-to-back nights and own a 3—6-0 record in the second game… Shayne Gostisbehere has now recorded a point 14 consecutive games - it’s the longest active streak in the NHL, the longest by a Flyers rookie and defenseman, as well as any rookie and defenseman this season, and rookie defenseman in NHL history.
The Maple Leafs have the least amount of points (49) and wins (20) in the NHL… They have lost five of their last six games, but have earned points in three of their last four games at home, going 1-1-2… Toronto also comes into tonight without their leading goal scorer and point producer, Leo Komarov, who has 45 points (18g-17a) but is serving a three-game suspension from the NHL after elbowing Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh… Former Flyer James van Riemsdyk is also out of the lineup due to a foot injury he suffered on Jan. 9… Toronto currently has 176 man-games lost due to injury this season… Jake Gardiner is slated to play in his 300th NHL game tonight - has recorded four points (2g-2a) in his last five games.
The 22-year-old rookie recorded a goal in last night’s 3-2 shootout loss, including a goal in the shootout, against the Canadiens and now has goals in two straight games… He also has three goals in his last five games and all five of his NHL points in his last seven games, after going the first 16 games of his career without a point… A native of Belleville, Ontario, which is approximately 120 miles from the city of Toronto, Cousins will play his first NHL game against the Maple Leafs and first at the Air Canada Centre.
Parenteau is the hottest player on the Leafs as of late, recording goals in two straight games and a three-game point streak where he has four points… He also has seven points (4g-3a) in eight games during the month of February… He leads Toronto with three game-winning goals and six power-play goals, while being tied with nine power-play points… Overall he has 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points and is one of three players on the Maple Leafs who has played in all 56 games… Against the Flyers, he has 10 points (3g-7a) in 17 games.