Flyers Look to Rebound Against Leafs

In the past six game the Philadelphia Flyers are 4-1-1, its become relatively visible that coach Peter Laviolette’s system has taken shape and showing results.

The Flyers will enter the Wachovia Center tonight at 19-19-3 sitting 12th in the East and are four points out the eight spot held by Montreal. Which makes tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-19-9) that much more. important.

Another added importance to this game is the Flyers need to improve on home-ice. They’ve been at most mediocre at the ‘Wach’ being 9-9-2, so tonight would be as a good a night as any to right the ship on the home end.

The Flyers play nine of their next 12 games at home, giving them an excellent chance to improve their standing in the East and their record at home. Only five of the next 12 games are against teams currently in the top eight in their conference.

However, consistency is what the Flyers preach about the most and what they continue to strive for.

“In the last six, seven games we’ve been playing strong, solid hockey, apart from the Ottawa game (Sunday’s 7-4 loss),” said forward Danny Briere. “If we keep putting together good streaks of six, seven games in a row, we will put ourselves in good position.”

“We got nine out of 10 points the first five games and that’s the attitude we adopted. We took it one game at a time; we didn’t look too far ahead. You can’t look at the big picture. You can’t win 27, 28 games tomorrow. You win one game and move on to the next one.”

It starts tonight against the Leafs. Tonight is a game that good teams win. If the Flyers want to get back on the right track it begins by beating the sour Toronto team.

The Leafs are coming into tonight’s game missing three key components. Toronto lost three key players in their 5-2 loss to Calgary Saturday — Mike Komisarek, Wayne Primeau and Mikhail Grabovski.  Primeau is out until late January with a knee injury and Grabovski will miss up to six weeks with a broken wrist. 

Who’s Hot:

For the Flyers, Both Simon Gagne and captain Mike Richards have been the point producers as of late. Gagne, has seven points in his past six games (4G, 3A) while Richards also has seven out his last six contests (4G, 3A).

On the Toronto end……………………………..

Last 10: Leafs- 3-5-2, Flyers- 4-4-2

The Flyers lead the NHL with 17.1 penalty minutes per game. Toronto averages only 12.6 penalty minutes, tied for 13th. The Flyers are third in the NHL with 21 home power-play goals.

Injury: Flyers defensemen Ryan Parent will be out for another two weeks with back spasms. He has missed the past five games. According to NHL.com, the 22-year-old may take a cortisone shot to avoid season-ending back surgery. Goaltender Ray Emery could return from an abdominal surgery as early as this weekend. He was expected to miss up to six weeks.

Quotes: PhillyBurbs

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