The Leafs lock up with the Flyers in Philadelphia tonight for their 55th game of the season. It’s the second game of the season between the two – the first being a 4-2 win for the Flyers.
The Flyers are in the midst of an 0-2-1 stretch, marking the club’s lengthiest skid since it went 0-3-2 from March 31-April 8 of last season. Philadelphia has just four wins over its last 11 contests (4-4-3) and is now just two points ahead of New Jersey and Pittsburgh for second in the Atlantic Division and the fourth seed in the East.
Things have shaken out oddly for both clubs so far this season. While the two teams currently enjoy a playoff spot, they’ve had their share of question marks, particularly between the pipes. We’re all aware of Ilya Bryzgalov’s poor showing this season after signing one of the largest goaltender contracts in history, giving way to Sergei Bobrovsky getting his fair share of starts for the Flyers, while the Leafs have had their own goalie battle playing out over the last little while as well.
Bryzgalov won’t dress tonight, he’s sidelined with the flu. Bobrovsky will start, and the Flyers have called up Jason Bacashihua to back him up.
The Leafs will dress the same lineup as Tuesday night’s tilt against the Jets, except Reimer gets the nod tonight;
With a regulation win the Leafs could get within three points of the fourth placed Flyers, and within one of the idle and sixth-placed Pittsburgh Penguins.
The game will be broadcast nationally on TSN, and you can hear it on AM640. Puck drops at 7:00pm Eastern. Go Leafs go!