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Philadelphia can extend point streak to five; Toronto seeks season-high fourth straight win

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (8-5-2) at MAPLE LEAFS (9-5-3)



The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Goalie Frederik Andersen will start for the Maple Leafs, who are playing the first of back-to-back games; they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday.

Goalie Brian Elliott will start for the Flyers, who look to extend their season-high point streak to five games. They have won two in a row and are 3-0-1 in their past four.


Players to watch

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past eight games after starting the season without a point in his first seven games.

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has scored in each of his past two games and has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"We had a couple off-games where we weren't really good enough early in the season but I think we're skating very well now which is the biggest reason why we're winning some games. They're a fast team, everybody knows what kind of skill they have over there so we can't give them an opportunity to use it. We have to keep the puck away from them." -- Flyers forward Jakub Voracek 

"I just like the fact that our guys seem to be enjoying each other more, getting to know each other better, we have more energy as a group and we seem to be playing better." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Joel Farabee

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Carsen Twarynski -- Kevin Hayes -- Jakub Voracek

Andy Andreoff -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Robert Hagg, Chris Stewart

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraines), Scott Laughton (broken finger), Samuel Morin (knee)


Maple Leafs projected lineup 

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Trevor Moore -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Kasperi Kapanen

Dmytro Timashov -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Travis Dermott -- Justin Holl

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Jason Spezza, Martin Marincin

Injured: Zach Hyman (ACL)


Status report

Forward Mikhail Vorobyov was assigned to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. Andreoff was recalled and will play. … The Maple Leafs will use the same lineup for the second straight game.


Stat pack

Voracek is one goal from 200 in the NHL. ... Giroux has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak. … Couturier has six points (three goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak. … Lindblom had a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists) end against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. … Rielly has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past six games. … Marner has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games.

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