Flyers-Maple Leafs Preview: Ride for 5

The Leaflets returned home and continued their solid play in a convincing win over the Arizona Coyotes, extending their winning streak to four games. The chance for a fifth consecutive victory presents itself on Sunday evening.

The competition heats up once again as the Flyers begin a busy week with Sunday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team leaders

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Travis Konecny33202040Auston Matthews40192746
Kevin Hayes38ten2535Mitch Marmer40153146
Tony DeAngelo3471623William Nylander40222345
Owen Tippet3412921John Tavares40181937
Joel Farabee3981321Michael Bunting40131629

Kevin Hayes had just two assists in his previous nine games to end December, but since the start of 2023 he has scored one goal and added four assists for five points in the past two games.

Auston Matthews didn’t start the fire with goals at the same pace as last season, but he remains the driving force behind Toronto’s offense. Matthews is on a four-game point streak with two goals and four assists.

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Carter Hart gets the start for the Flyers. Hart returned after missing three games and took the win Thursday, making 21 saves on 23 shots.

Matt Murray should start for the Leafs. Murray took the loss in his last start Thursday, allowing five goals on 26 shots to the Seattle Kraken.

Projected compositions

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Scratch flyers: Sean Couturier (injury), Tanner Laczynski (injury), Justin Braun (healthy)

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Maple Leafs scratches: Jake Muzzin (injury), Victor Mete (injury), Nick Robertson (injury), Wayne Simmonds (healthy), Jordie Benn (healthy), Conor Timmins (healthy)

Composition Notes

  • Circulars: The Flyers are expected to use the same formation as in Thursday night’s win over Arizona.
  • Maple leaves: No changes are expected for the Leafs after their 4-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Game Remarks

  • Power play: Flyers (29th), Maple Leafs (8th)
  • Penalty kill: Flyers (19th), Maple Leafs (17th)
  • Recent History vs. Maple Leafs
    • December 22, 2022 – Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 3 (at TOR)
    • November 2, 2022 – Maple Leafs 5, Flyers 2 (at TOR)
  • Leaders of the Flyers vs. Maple Leafs
    • James van Riemsdyk: 19 GP, 6 G, 4 A, 10 P
    • Travis Konecny: 17 GP, 4 G, 12 A, 16 P
    • Kevin Hayes: 21 GP, 4 G, 8 A, 12 P
    • Scott Laughton: 15GP, 3G, 7A, 10P
    • Carter Hart: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 3.57 GAA, 0.891 SV%

where to watch

Television: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: Circular distribution network

Kevin Durso is the Flyers Insider for 97.3 ESPN and the Flyers Editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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