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Flyers Go For Season Sweep Of Leafs On Eric Lindros's Big Night


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January 18, 2018  (12:23)
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"Philadelphia Flyers 48 pts (20-16-8)
vs
Toronto Maple Leafs 54 pts (25-17-4)
7 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 93.3 WMMR FM

Season Series/Schedule
Date Game GWG
28-Oct PHI 4 @ TOR 2 Valtteri Flippula
12-Dec TOR 2 @ PHI 4 Sean Couturier
18-Jan TOR @ PHI

Team Leaders
Flyers Maple Leafs
Claude Giroux, 54 Points Auston Matthews, 33
Sean Couturier, 25 Goals Matthews/van Riemsdyk, 19
Jakub Voracek, 45 Assists Rielly/Marner, 26

Tonight will be a big night at the Wells Fargo Center as the Philadelphia Flyers will raise Eric Lindros's famous number 88 to the rafters during a pregame retirement ceremony. Lindros scored 290 goals and 695 points in 486 career games with the Flyers and will be just the sixth player in team history to have his number retired.
Hopefully the extra buzz in the build will help the Flyers who got smacked around during 5-1 loss at the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. They are catching the Maple Leafs at the right time as they have just four wins over their last 10 games. They took a 1-0 lead into the final minute of regulation versus the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, but lost 2-1 in overtime.
The Flyers are going for the season sweep of the Toronto after a pair of 4-2 victories earlier in the season. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Scott Laughton each have three points against the Maple Leafs this season.
Dave Hakstol will make a pair of lineup changes for tonight's game. Tyrell Goulbourne will draw back in and will likely take Taylor Leier's spot on the fourth line. Leier was one of the few Flyers who had a decent showing versus the Rangers, but he will head the press box regardless.
Michal Neuvirth will get a rare start after playing the third period in relief of Brian Elliott on Tuesday. Elliott could use a break after giving up five goals on 21 shots in New York.

Probable Flyers Lineup
FORWARDS
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl - Valtteri Filppula - Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal - Nolan Patrick - Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera - Scott Laughton – Tyrell Goulbourne
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Ivan Provorov - Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg - Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas
GOALTENDER
Michal Neuvirth (3-5-1, 2.39 GAA, .923 save %, 1 SO)
INJURY REPORT
None

Probable Maple Leafs Lineups
FORWARDS
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner
Matt Martin - Trevor Moore - Connor Brown
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Travis Dermott - Roman Polak
GOALTENDER
Frederik Andersen (22-13-2, 2.67 GAA, .922 save %, 3 SO)
INJURY REPORT
LW-Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia), RW-Nikita Soshnikov (lower-body) out, D-Nikita Zaitsev (lower-body) out"

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