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Flyers-Maple Leafs: Game 16 Preview

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(Photo: Mike Kruce)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

A marathon shootout is perhaps the only reason the Flyers are not currently on a four-game winning streak. It took 11 rounds of a shootout to get a decision between these two teams just a week ago.

The Flyers are now coming off two wins this week and have points in their last four games, as they travel north of the border to face the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Toronto Maple Leafs GP G A P
Travis Konecny 15 7 9 16 Auston Matthews 17 13 6 19
Oskar Lindblom 15 7 5 12 Mitch Marner 17 4 14 18
Jake Voracek 15 4 8 12 Morgan Rielly 17 3 13 16
Claude Giroux 15 4 8 12 Ilya Mikheyev 17 4 7 11
Sean Couturier  15 5 6 11 William Nylander 13 4 7 11
 
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux 91 John Tavares
Last 5 Games: 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, +2 Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, +2
 
The points are starting to come with more consistency for Claude Giroux. He has five points during a three-game points streak, including a goal and an assist in last Saturday's shootout loss to Toronto.
 
John Tavares is back from a fractured finger that kept him out for a little over two weeks. He was not in the lineup last Saturday when Toronto traveled to Philadelphia, but made his return just days later. In his last game, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime and had an assist on Toronto's other goal in a 2-1 win over Vegas.
 
Projected Goalie Matchup
37 Brian Elliott 31 Frederik Andersen
8 GP, 3-2-1, 3.05 GAA, .901 SV% 13 GP, 9-2-2, 2.69 GAA, .914 SV%

Brian Elliott gets the start in the first game of a weekend back-to-back. Elliott's last game was last Saturday's shootout loss to Toronto, where he made 23 saves on 26 shots in regulation and overtime.

Frederik Andersen was a big reason why Toronto escaped with a win last Saturday in Philadelphia, making 37 saves on 40 shots and allowing just one goal in the 11-round shootout. Since then, Andersen has won each of his last two starts, allowing just one goal to both the Kings and Golden Knights. During his three-game streak, Andersen has stopped 98 of 103 shots.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick, Scott Laughton

Scratches: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg

Left Wing Center Right Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk 28 Claude Giroux 49 Joel Farabee
23 Oskar Lindblom 14 Sean Couturier 11 Travis Konecny
81 Carsen Twarynski 13 Kevin Hayes 93 Jake Voracek
10 Andy Andreoff 12 Michael Raffl 18 Tyler Pitlick
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 15 Matt Niskanen  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 61 Justin Braun  
6 Travis Sanheim 5 Phil Myers  
Goalie    
37 Brian Elliott 79 Carter Hart  

Lineup Notes

Andy Andreoff enters the lineup after being recalled from the Phantoms on Friday. He will play on the fourth line. No other changes are expected to the lineup.

Maple Leafs Projected Lineup

Injuries: Zach Hyman

Scratches: Jason Spezza, Martin Marincin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
18 Andreas Johnsson 34 Auston Matthews 88 William Nylander
42 Trevor Moore 91 John Tavares 16 Mitch Marner
 65 Ilya Mikheyev 15 Alexander Kerfoot 24 Kasperi Kapanen
41 Dmytro Timashov 26 Nick Shore  33 Frederik Gauthier
Defense    
44 Morgan Rielly 83 Cody Ceci  
8 Jake Muzzin 94 Tyson Barrie  
23 Travis Dermott 3 Justin Holl  
Goalie    
31 Frederik Andersen 30 Michael Hutchinson  

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-9th), Maple Leafs (21st)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (12th), Maple Leafs (T-24th)
  • Recent History vs. Maple Leafs
    • Nov. 24, 2018 - Maple Leafs 6, Flyers 0 (at TOR)
    • March 15, 2019 - Maple Leafs 7, Flyers 6 (at TOR)
    • March 27, 2019 - Flyers 5, Maple Leafs 4 (F/SO) (at PHI)
    • Nov. 2, 2019 - Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 3 (F/SO) (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Maple Leafs
    • Claude Giroux - 35 GP, 12 G, 23 A, 35 P
    • Jake Voracek - 27 GP, 6 G, 14 A, 20 P
    • Travis Konecny - 10 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 P
    • Brian Elliott - 19 GP, 8-7-2, 2.91 GAA, .903 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Jake Voracek needs one goal to reach 200 for his career.
    • Kevin Hayes needs four goals to reach 100 for his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

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