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GAME: Philadelphia Flyers (3-2-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1-2).
TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT.
Defensemen Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle look to continue their success on the power play as the Toronto Maple Leafs search for a fifth consecutive win when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.
McCabe leads the team with nine assists and 11 points, while Kaberle has contributed seven assists. The duo has played well on the power play, combining for two goals and 14 assists as Toronto has taken full advantage of the league's crackdown on obstruction.
The Leafs enter this game with 11 power-play goals during their current winning streak.
"Our guys have been pretty hot with those shots," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "Most teams are dropping off the points to cover down low so we're getting - and other teams are getting - better point opportunities to score goals."
Ken Klee, another defenseman, scored a power-play goal with 15.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Leafs a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
"We're on the ladies' tee there," said Klee, who has gotten two of his three points on the power play. "We were just looking to pound it."
The Flyers have won back-to-back games but have been idle since a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders last Saturday. Michal Handzus scored a pair of first-period goals for Philadelphia, which had 46 shots on goal and dominated the entire game.
Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock has opted to use all three of his regular lines on the power play because of the multiple chances created by the league's new rules.
"When you have as many penalties as what's going on right now, it is really hard to keep a rhythm on power play," he said. "It's hard to keep energy and that's why we use three units. If we're going to get seven or eight or nine power plays, it's hard to keep that energy. Players get tired."
Flyers center Simon Gagne has scored a goal in a career-high five straight games.
STANDINGS (through Oct. 20): Flyers - 6 points, 4th place, 5 PB, Atlantic Division. Maple Leafs - 10 points, 1st place (tied), Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Gagne, 7 goals; Peter Forsberg, 10 assists; Gagne and Forsberg, 10 points; Donald Brashear, 11 PIM. Maple Leafs - Eric Lindros, 6 goals; McCabe, 9 assists and 11 points; Jason Allison, 21 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 20): Flyers - Power play: 12.8 percent (5 for 39), 23rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.4 percent (26 for 34), 26th. Maple Leafs - Power play: 28.5 percent (16 for 56), 2nd. Penalty killing: 82.5 percent (33 for 40), 15th.
GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (1-2-0, 3.38 GAA); Antero Nittymaki (2-0-0, 3.42). Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (3-1-2, 3.05); Mikael Tellqvist (1-0-0, 2.00).
SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Oct. 11; Maple Leafs, 4-2. At Toronto, Tellqvist stopped 31 shots and Jeff O'Neill snapped a 2-2 tie with 12:26 to play. Gagne had a goal and an assist for the Flyers.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 0-1-0 on the road; Maple Leafs - 2-1-1 at home.