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Andersen starts in goal for Toronto; Philadelphia seeks season-high fifth straight win

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

MAPLE LEAFS (13-11-4) at FLYERS (15-7-5)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, NBCSP, TSN4, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their season-high fifth straight win when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

The Flyers are 5-0-1 in their past six games. They went 10-2-4 in November and their 24 points led the NHL. Goalie Carter Hart, who has allowed one regulation goal in each of his past three games, will start.

Toronto is 4-1-0 in five games since Sheldon Keefe replaced Mike Babcock as coach Nov. 20. Frederik Andersen will start in goal in the first of back-to-back games for the Maple Leafs, who will play the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. 

 

Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward John Tavares has six points (four goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games.

 

They said it

"He looks hungry and confident, looking to make a difference. We're trying to put him in really good spots both at 5-on-5 and on the power play to utilize the skill that he has. He's been really good and he and Auston (Matthews) and (Andreas) Johnsson have done a great job together." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe, on forward William Nylander

"They're playing with a good pace. They've got their [defensemen] involved on the forecheck and on the attack, on the rush. They're a good team. Everyone before the season started talked about this being a high-skilled team that could generate a lot offensively and that's definitely what they've got." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault, on the Maple Leafs

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- John Tavares -- Zach Hyman

Alexander Kerfoot -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen

Pierre Engvall -- Frederik Gauthier -- Dmytro Timashov

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Nic Petan, Nicholas Shore, Martin Marincin

Injured: Mitchell Marner (ankle), Trevor Moore (shoulder)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Morgan Frost -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)

 

Status report

Marincin was recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League and was one of four players to skate Tuesday, along with Petan, Shore and Hutchinson. ... Gostisbehere and Myers will be the third defense pair for the Flyers for the second straight game with Hagg scratched. Vigneault said those three would rotate in and out of the lineup based on play and opponent. ... Hagg, Stewart, Patrick and Elliott skated Tuesday morning. ... Patrick, who has been out since training camp because of migraine disorder, said he expects to play this season.

 

Stat pack

Kapanen has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. ... Nylander has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games. ... Couturier has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games. ... Hayes has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past seven games.

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