FLYERS (5-5-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (7-3-0)
7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSP+, NHL.TV
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without forward James van Riemsdyk (lower-body injury) when they conclude a three-game homestand against the Philadelphia Flyers at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. He last missed a game April 9, 2016.
Flyers Center Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, will miss his second straight game because of a head injury. Philadelphia has lost two straight games and is 1-3-0 in its past four.
The Maple Leafs are 1-2-0 in their past three games after beginning the season 6-1-0.
Players to watch
Forward Sean Couturier leads the Flyers in goals with seven, one more than forward Wayne Simmonds. Couturier had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and has three goals in two games.
Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past five games and had a goal in a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
They said it
"I've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. To be put in this spot, I'm just enjoying it and having a lot of fun showing I can play as much offense as defense. At the same time, I'm going to stay the same player, a solid 200-foot guy who can play at both ends of the ice and in all types of situations." -- Flyers forward Sean Couturier on starting the season on Philadelphia's top line
"It's awesome, it was a dream of mine all the way up to try to get in this League and stick and it's a tough League. Day in and day out, I'm excited to be a part of it and so especially being a Toronto Maple Leaf, a hundred games here, it's been a dream come true." -- Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown, a Toronto native, on playing his 100th NHL game on Saturday
Flyers projected lineup
Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds
Dale Weise -- Jori Lehtera -- Travis Konecny
Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl
Ivan Provorov -- Shayne Gostisbehere
Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas
Travis Sanheim -- Robert Hagg
Scratched: Matt Read
Injured: Nolan Patrick (head), Andrew MacDonald (lower body)
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Patrick Marleau -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner
Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown
Josh Leivo -- Dominic Moore -- Kasperi Kapanen
Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Borgman -- Roman Polak
Scratched: Connor Carrick
Injured: James van Riemsdyk (lower body), Matt Martin (upper body)
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said he might make a change but did not comment further. ... The Maple Leafs recalled Kapanen and loaned forward Eric Fehr to Toronto of the American Hockey League. ... Martin will miss his first game since April 9, 2016. Babcock said van Riemsdyk and Martin are expected to play at the San Jose Sharks on Monday.
The Maple Leafs lead the NHL in first-period goals with 18 and are tied for third with the Los Angeles Kings in third-period goals with 16. … The Flyers are 22nd in first-period goals (seven) and eighth in third-period goals (12).