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Toronto at Philadelphia
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 18, 2018
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Flyers look to honor a familiar face by completing a three-game season sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros played for both clubs during his 13-year career, but will see his orange and white No. 88 jersey raised the rafters at Wells Fargo Center prior to the contest.

Philadelphia, which has posted a pair of 4-2 victories over Toronto this season, saw its four-game winning streak come to a screeching halt with Tuesday's 5-1 setback to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. "I want to say a short memory is the best thing, but you can’t forget what we did to lose the game," said Wayne Simmonds, who set up Jordan Weal's first-period goal to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, two assists). Toronto's ailing eighth-ranked offense is in need of a jolt as the team has mustered just six goals during its three-game losing skid and 17 over its last eight (2-3-3). "It's simple, life is about lessons. Suck it up and find a way to win games," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Ontario (Toronto), TVAS, NBCS Philadelphia

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (25-17-4): Nazem Kadri admitted that Toronto's NHL-mandated five-day break recharged his batteries, but the 27-year-old saw his pronounced scoring slump extend to 17 games after being held without a shot in the third period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to St. Louis. Kadri, who has just one goal for his lone point in that stretch, tallied twice in the Maple Leafs' first encounter with the Flyers. Frederik Andersen, who deserved a better fate with 40 saves versus the Blues, dropped both meetings with Philadelphia this season after winning each of his previous six clashes.

ABOUT THE FLYERS (20-16-8): Captain Claude Giroux scored in the first encounter and added a goal and an assist in the December tilt to increase his total to 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 30 career meetings with Toronto. The 30-year-old Ontario native has 26 (three goals, 23 assists) of his club-high 54 points in his last 17 contests overall while fellow forward Jakub Voracek has 22 of his team-leading 45 assists in his past 18. Sean Couturier (club-best 25 goals) has scored and set up two goals against the Maple Leafs this season and has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in his last 11 games.

OVERTIME

1. Toronto is just 2-for-21 on the power play in the last eight games.

2. Philadelphia has permitted eight power-play goals in the last seven contests.

3. The Maple Leafs have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in six of their last eight games.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Toronto 25-17-3-1 L3 13-7-2-0 12-10-1-1 1-2-0-0 24-15-3-1 5-4-0-1
Philadelphia 20-16-5-3 L1 11-8-3-1 9-8-2-2 3-1-2-0 17-15-3-3 3-2-3-1
Last Meeting
Toronto Philadelphia
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/12/17 TOR 2 PHI 4 22 35 1-1 39 20 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Toronto R. Hainsey 1
Philadelphia S. Couturier 2
Goals Player  
Toronto P. Marleau 1
Philadelphia S. Couturier 1
Assists Player  
Toronto R. Hainsey 1
Philadelphia S. Couturier 1
Saves Player  
Toronto F. Andersen 35
Philadelphia B. Elliott 20
Season
Total Points Player  
Toronto A. Matthews 40
Philadelphia C. Giroux 58
Goals Player  
Toronto A. Matthews 24
Philadelphia S. Couturier 26
Assists Player  
Toronto M. Marner 28
Philadelphia J. Voracek 48
Saves Player  
Toronto F. Andersen 1279
Philadelphia B. Elliott 1018
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Off vs  Philadelphia Def
3.11 GF
2.89 GA
31.3 Shots
30.7 Shots
27 PP
35 PK
Philadelphia Off vs  Toronto Def
2.93 GF
2.87 GA
31.8 Shots
34 Shots
33 PP
23 PK