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It’s game day for the Leafs, visiting Philadelphia for an important matchup against the Flyers. While Toronto is obviously no sure thing for a playoff spot, they now find themselves  within striking distance of the Flyers, Penguins and Devils. For a team that recently exploded for 11 of a possible 12 points, it isn’t that far-fetched to believe they can pass at least one of these clubs and land in sixth in the East.

The Flyers, on the other hand, have been mediocre lately, and their view from the top of the conference is a memory.

James Mirtle has more about Bryzgalov, the Flyers, and their recent struggles:

After all, they were 15-7-3 before HBO’s cameras invaded the dressing room and then won five games in a row immediately thereafter, standing first in the Eastern Conference.

But since an ugly 6-0 loss at home to the Boston Bruins midway through the run of the series, the Flyers are only 10-9-4 and have fallen much closer to a pack of teams fighting to make the playoffs

Tonight is a chance for the Leafs to move within three points of the Flyers with a regulation win. After being held to only a goal against a stingy home team in the Jets, hopefully the Leafs can break out for a few tonight.

Links after the jump.


It’s official, The Big House secured for 2013 Winter Classic (Puck Daddy)

Lupul, Gardiner and Beauchemin one year in (The Leafs Nation)

Praising (or not) the talking heads (Michael at VLM)

Leafs have plenty to watch as playoffs loom (National Post)

Leafs-Wings set for Winter Classic (The Sun)

Schenn awaits deadline to pass (TFP)

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