NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 6th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (39-34-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (29-36-14), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to push themselves closer
to a playoff berth when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs for tonight's clash
at Air Canada Centre.
The Flyers come into the contest holding onto the eighth and final playoff
seed in the East. The New York Rangers, who are playing in Buffalo tonight,
are just two points behind Philadelphia, while idle Boston is one point ahead
of the Flyers.
Philadelphia's last two games in the regular season are against the Rangers as
the clubs will meet in a home-and-home series this weekend.
Philadelphia won for just the second time in nine games (2-6-1) with Sunday's
home victory over Detroit. Kimmo Timonen recorded a goal and an assist to help
the Flyers take a 4-3 decision over the Red Wings at Wachovia Center.
Claude Giroux and Arron Asham also scored for the Flyers. Dan Carcillo lit the
lamp in his first game back from a two-game suspension, while Brian Boucher
made 31 saves.
"It was a 60-minute effort," Boucher said. "This is a big win for us today to
help keep us going. It was a team effort. I hope we can keep it going."
The Flyers haven't posted consecutive victories since defeating Toronto and
the New York Islanders on March 7 and 9, respectively. Philly is also just
16-20-3 as the guest this year and has lost four straight on the road.
Philadelphia has won two of three against the Maple Leafs this year and has
taken four of six overall in the series. However, the Flyers have dropped four
straight in Toronto and were dealt a 4-0 loss in their only trip to ACC this
While the Flyers are playing for the postseason, Toronto is last in the East
and will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight spring.
The Maple Leafs have lost three of their last four games and were dealt an
overtime loss by visiting Boston on Saturday. Miroslav Satan's second goal of
the contest, coming with 1:35 left in OT, sent Boston past Toronto, 2-1, at
Air Canada Centre.
Colton Orr picked up the only goal for the Maple Leafs, while Jonas Gustavsson
played well in defeat, making 28 saves.
"They played hard because they needed two points, and did what they had to
do," Orr said. "Monster (Gustavsson) gave us a chance to win again, and we
Tonight's tilt marks the final home game of the regular season for the Maple
Leafs. Toronto, which is 18-16-6 as the host, will visit the Rangers on
Wednesday before capping the season Saturday in Montreal.
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