Flyers vs Leafs, Game 67: Notes, Lineups, and How to Watch

Auston Matthews netted a natural hat trick in the last Flyers & Leafs meeting en route to a Toronto 4-3 victory in overtime
Auston Matthews netted a natural hat trick in the last Flyers & Leafs meeting en route to a Toronto 4-3 victory in overtime / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to build off of a needed, yet unconvincing, 3-2 victory over the lowly San Jose Sharks Tuesday night.

Philadelphia was undisciplined and uncharacteristically leaky for the second straight game on the penalty kill, allowing two goals on five opportunities. The Maple Leafs hold the league's second-best power-play at 27.2 percent.

Thursday night's game marks the start of a crucial gauntlet of match-ups for the Flyers. They will face seven straight opponents that are ahead of them in the standings and are near locks for the playoffs.

This is the second time this season the two teams will face off, with their last meeting scheduled for March 19th at the Wells Fargo Center.

On February 15, the Flyers jumped out to an early lead but Auston Matthews caught fire in the second period on his way to a natural hat trick in just under eight minutes.

Philadelphia rallied to tie the game late in the third, but a poorly timed line change led to a game-ending goal by William Nylander in overtime. Matthews, Nylander, and Mitch Marner combined for 8 points in the 4-3 victory.

Philadelphia Flyers

John Tortorella will serve the second and final game of his suspension for the outburst in Tampa Bay last weekend. In his absence, assistant coaches Brad Shaw and Rocky Thompson will share duties behind the bench.

Kevin Kurz noted that several Flyers had been struggling headed into Tuesday's game against the Sharks.

Appropriately, Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, and Owen Tippett all found the back of the net just a few hours later.

Travis Konecny and Cam York added two assists, with Frost collecting the primary assist on Farabee's opening goal on a beautiful outlet saucer pass to spring a breakaway chance. It will take additional collective efforts to withstand the most difficult stretch the team will face this season.

Philadelphia has gone back to 12/6 lineups of late, dropping the much-maligned 11/7 strategy they've largely used since acquiring Jamie Drysdale.

Injuries and the trade deadline have left them thin on the backend, so expect another traditional lineup this evening. It seems that forwards Cam Atkinson and Nic Deslauriers will remain healthy scratches while Sam Ersson will earn another start in net.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Owen Tippett - Scott Laughton - Tyson Foerster

Noah Cates - Ryan Poehling - Garnet Hathaway

Denis Gurianov - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee - Morgan Frost - Bobby Brink

Cam York - Travis Sanheim

Marc Staal - Ronnie Attard

Egor Zamula - Erik Johnson

Sam Ersson

Lines via

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs currently hold the third spot in the Atlantic Division with a record of 37-19-8. They are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

Toronto loaded up at the trade deadline, adding defensemen Ilya Lyubushkin and Joel Edmundson, as well as center Connor Dewar. This will be their first action since Saturday when they bested the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on the road.

The Flyers have struggled all season long against top line talent, but they'll have one fewer player to worry about with Mitch Marner expected to miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury.

League-leading goal scorer Auston Matthews (54 goals in 63 games) has cooled down in March so far. He's tallied just one goal in six games this month. Still, he can't be taken lightly.

As we saw in February, Matthews is one of the league's few who can change the course of a game in an instant. He has a pretty good track record against the Flyers too -- 9 goals in 16 career games.

Leafs Projected Lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi - Auston Matthews - Calle Jarnkrok

Max Domi - John Tavares - William Nylander

Matthew Knies - David Kampf - Bobby McMann

Pontus Holmberg - Connor Dewar - Ryan Reaves

TJ Brodie - Jake McCabe

Morgan Rielly - Ilya Lyubushkin

Joel Edmunson - Timothy Liljegren

Ilya Samsonov

Lines via Mark Masters

When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen

Time:  7:30 PM

Where: Wells Fargo Center

Watch: ESPN+/Hulu

Radio: 93.3 WMMR

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