Tonight’s game is the third game of a five game homestand for the Flyers but tonight is only the ninth home game of the year for the orange and black. Danny Briere leads all Flyers with 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 41 career games against the Maple Leafs. The Flyers are 51-23-8-0 all time in Philadelphia against Toronto and 88-51-22-2 overall. Jakub Voracek was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week today as he posted four goals and seven assists in four games last week. He enters tonight with a five game scoring streak.
Between the Pipes: Ilya Bryzgalov (9-8-1, 2.77 GAA, .902 SV%) – Brygalov gets the start tonight in his league leading 19th game of the season. He is coming off of a decent start against Winnipeg as he stopped 34 of 37 shots fired his way. It was a good bounce back performance for the Russian netminder as he allowed four goals on 15 shots Thursday against Florida before getting pulled in the second period. In his career against the Maple Leafs, Bryzgalov is 5-1-0 with a 1.86 GAA, .933 SV% and one shutout.
The Maple Leafs are being led this year by former Flyer James van Riemsdyk. JVR, who was trade for defenseman Luke Schenn, appeared in 196 games for Philadelphia and posted 47 goals and 52 assists. He is off to a torrid start as he has scored 11 goals in his first 18 games with the team. The Leafs are coming off of a crushing loss to the Ottawa Senators in which Colin Greening scored with under 24 seconds remaining to give the Senators a 3-2 victory. Clarke MacArthur leads all Maple Leafs with 13 points in 18 games against the Flyers. He scored the last time these two teams met.
Between the Pipes: Ben Scrivens (5-5-0, 2.19 GAA, .929 SV%)- The rookie Scrivens came on in relief the last time these two teams met as James Reimer left with a knee injury. He came up big for the Leafs two week ago as he had 32 saves on 33 shots en route to being named the first star of the game. He has two shutouts this year that came in back-to-back games on February 16th and 18th. He had a shutout streak of 151:46.
Puck drop is slated for 7:00 pm. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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