Preview: Leafs @ Flyers (Game 45)

Updated: January 18, 2018 at 2:50 pm by Johan Gartner

Leafs (25-17-4, 54pts) @ Flyers (20-16-8, 48pts)

25 years ago the Flyers acquired Eric Lindros from the Quebec Nordiques in a huge blockbuster deal at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Eric Lindros was one of the most dominating players this sport has ever seen, he could dominate a game like no other with his size and skill. He truly was one of a kind. Eric Lindros was the reason alot of Flyers fans are Flyers fans today, myself included.

I recieved an autographed picture of Eric Lindros when i was just a young kid, a kid who didnt know who Eric Lindros was, a kid who didnt know who that the NHL or the Flyers existed. And when i saw Eric Lindros play for the first time i was hooked. I had never seen a player be so dominant in so many different ways against the best players in the world. It literally blew my mind. The combination of skill & size was so unfair to the rest it was almost laughable at times.

The impact Lindros had on the city of Philadelphia and the sports of hockey will never be forgotten. Lindros will be in attendance tonight when he rightfully gets his #88 jersey retired tonight.

After a poor performance against the Rangers a couple of days ago they return back home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs who have struggled as of late so the Flyers needs to take advantage of that. Flyers have a big opportunity to climb in the standings, since they play against eastern conference teams for another 10 games.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: NBCSPhilly

LISTEN: 97.5 WMMR

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

Michal Neuvirth played the third period against the Rangers and he will be starting tonight. All lines and defense pairings will remain the same as last game.

Giroux – Couturier – Konecny

Raffl – Filppula – Voracek

Weal – Patrick – Simmonds

Leier – Laughton – Lehterä

Provorov – Gostisbehere

MacDonald – Hägg

Manning – Gudas

Neuvirth

Toronto: Maple Leafs Line Combinations

The Leafs were before the season started one of the dark horses to be able to compete for the Stanley Cup this year, but so far they havnt lived up to the hype. There’s no doubt about the offensive talent this team posesses but they are yet to reach that level. Flyers have a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a struggling Leafs team but they need to be ready whenever #34 is on the ice (Matthews).

Hyman – Matthews – Nylander

Marleau – Kadri – Komarov

Van Riemsdyk – Bozak – Marner

Martin – Moore – Brown

Rielly – Hainsey

Gardiner – Carrick

Dermott – Polak

Andersen

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

The Flyers penalty kill has been a weak spot for years now and it has cost them alot of points and wins this year. They will need to find a way to either stay out of the penalty box or shut down the high power Leafs offense.

Sean Couturier is having a truly incredible season. He has scored 25 goals already (4th in the league in goals) and should be on the shortlist of nominations for the Selke trophy as the best defensive forward in the league. Look for him to help the Flyers get back into the win column.

Neuvirth is playing his 12 game of the year tonight with a couple of those 12 being in relieve of Elliott. Neuvirth needs to shake of any rust he may feel very quickly, because the Leafs will be coming for him.

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