When the Philadelphia Flyers take the ice Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the offense will look a little different.
Friday morning, head coach Craig Berube moved Vincent Lecavalier to the fourth line center position. Michael Raffl was moved to the third line and Tye McGinn was slated in the left wing position on the second line. Berube said the experiment with Lecavalier “wasn’t working.”
So with new lines, the Flyers will try to break a two-game skid against the Maple Leafs who have dropped their last six games.
Steve Mason will start for the Flyers. He will be opposed by Jonathan Bernier. Mason is 30-17-6 with a 2.54 goals against average with a .916 save percentage. Bernier is 25-17-7 with a 2.64 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
The orange and black have been outplayed during their last two games and have fallen to third place in the Metropolitan Division standings. The Maple Leafs have free fallen in their last ten games. They team has gone 3-7 and has lost their last six in a row.
With three points separating the Flyers from a wild card spot, as well as a Sunday matinee against the Boston Bruins, Friday night’s game against the Maple Leafs becomes all more crucial to the Flyers’ playoff hopes.
Friday night’s matchup will be the third and final time the Flyers and Maple Leafs will meet in the regular season. The Maple Leafs are 2-0 against the Flyers this season. Their latest victory against the orange and black came on Mar. 8. The Flyers battled back to force overtime, but a defensive breakdown led to an overtime win.
Several teams will be in action tonight, so there will be some scoreboard watching for Flyers fans. The Columbus Blue Jackets, who hold the first wild card spot, will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. The New York Rangers will face the Calgary Flames.