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Patrick out again for Philadelphia; Toronto without injured van Riemsdyk

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

FLYERS (5-5-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (7-3-0)

7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSP+, NHL.TV

 
The Game

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

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

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

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Connor Carrick

Injured: James van Riemsdyk (lower body), Matt Martin (upper body)

 

Status report

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.

 

Stat pack

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).

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