The Maple Leafs take on the Flyers tonight. Here are the Leafs three keys to a victory.
Get Emery riled up
Philly goaltender Steve Mason suffered an upper-body injury during Friday’s Flyers practice and will be unavailable tonight. It’s expected Ray Emery will get the nod as a result. Emery has had a checkered performance this season. His starts have been really good or really bad. Known for having a bit of a temper, Emery’s weakest performances come when he’s facing some aggressiveness in his own crease. That means the Leafs must get to the net. Possessing the puck on their way to the blue paint wouldn’t hurt, either.
Getting more from Lupul
The Maple Leafs changed things up during Friday’s practice, swapping Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk with new line mates. Lupul has risen to the occasion against the Flyers, having registered 10 points in 10 games against his former team. Lupul has gone cold with just one goal in the last five games. Some production from him could make the difference.
Redemption the aim for special teams and faceoffs
The power-play went cold during the Leafs loss to Carolina on Thursday, going 0-3 while giving up a shorthanded goal in the process. The Maple Leafs still have a top-10 power-play and to keep it that way, they must take advantage of Philadelphia’s second-worst penalty-kill. Carolina also got the better of the Leafs in the faceoff circle. Philadelphia is good on the draw, ranking 10th in the NHL, while the Leafs fell below 50%, following their game with the Hurricanes. Possession starts with winning the draw, and the Leafs need to be better at that.