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Preview: Flyers at Maple Leafs

Center Auston Matthews confident goals will come for Toronto; Philadelphia hopes to keep riding power play

by David Alter / Correspondent

FLYERS (6-6-2) at MAPLE LEAFS (5-5-3)


Flyers team scope

The Philadelphia Flyers are the visiting team for the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Former Flyers forward Eric Lindros will be among the inductees in a ceremony on Monday. "He's been huge for me," forward Wayne Simmonds said. "It's incredible how dominant of a player he was in his career." The Flyers have earned seven of a possible 10 points in their past five games. Coming off a 3-2 shootout loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, Philadelphia's past eight games have been decided by one goal. The Flyers have the second-best power play in the NHL at 28.3 percent, and are 4-for-12 with the man advantage (33.3 percent) through their past three games. Goaltender Steve Mason, who made 33 saves against Detroit, will start. Forward Roman Lyubimov, recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League, will be in the lineup and play right wing on the fourth line, alongside left wing Matt Read and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Lyubimov has one goal in 11 games for the Flyers this season.

Maple Leafs team scope

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has no goals and one assist in his past seven games after scoring 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his first six games in the NHL. "Sometimes the puck honestly just doesn't go your way and you get in these little slumps," Matthews told SportsNet on Thursday. "But I think the good thing is that we are creating these opportunities, and we're getting these point-blank chances. We've just got to keep shooting, keep going, and some of these things are going to start to fall." The Maple Leafs are coming off a 7-0 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. The defeat ended a three-game Toronto winning streak. Forward Nikita Soshnikov, who experienced groin tightness during practice Wednesday, will play Friday at right wing on the Maple Leafs fourth line alongside left wing Matt Martin and center Ben Smith. Goaltender Frederik Andersen will start. He's 4-0-0 with a 2.64 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in four career starts against the Flyers.

Flyers projected lineup

Brayden Schenn -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Chris VandeVelde - Nick Cousins -- Dale Weise

Matt Read - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Roman Lyubimov

Michael Del Zotto - Radko Gudas

Ivan Provorov -- Mark Streit

Nick Schultz - Shayne Gostisbehere

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Michael Raffl

Injured: Boyd Gordon (upper body)

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander

Matt Martin - Ben Smith - Nikita Soshnikov

Morgan Rielly - Roman Polak

Martin Marincin - Nikita Zaitsev

Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Seth Griffith, Peter Holland, Frank Corrado

Injured: Matt Hunwick (lower body), Josh Leivo (lower body)

Status report

The Maple Leafs have placed Griffith, a center, on waivers. Hunwick will miss his eighth straight game. The Flyers intend to continue using Mason and Neuvrith in tandem. "Those two guys have worked together and if you look last year, we were the benefactor of some quality goaltending," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.

Who's hot

Voracek has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 14 games this season, and has four assists in his past two games. … Giroux has scored a goal in each of his past two games. He has four goals in his past six games after having none in his first eight games this season.

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