Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 02/09/12 at 10:01 PM ET
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers have had a relatively timid history in recent memory, but tonight should prove to be a nice change of pace. The Leafs actually have something to play for as the season winds down, and they find themselves well within striking distance of this hot-or-not Flyers squad. With a similar style of play, offense has been the root of success for Toronto – so what will the Flyers have to do to get back into the ‘W’ column tonight?
After you, sir/madam.
Toronto Maple Leafs (28-20-6 | 62 Pts – 7th in East) vs Philadelphia Flyers (30-16-7 | 67 Pts – 4th in East)
The Maple Leafs offense has been the key to their success, but it was muzzled nicely by Pavelec and the Jets in their most recent outing. Former Flyers guitar master Joffrey Lupul has fit in perfectly on the 1st line of Toronto with Kessel and is having a career year. That first line of Kessel - Bozak – Lupul will be the primary focus for the Flyers, but particularly emphasis will be placed on Kessel. The sniper has 7 points (4 G, 3 A) in his last 3 games.
How can you ever forget?
If the Flyers are looking for an edge, the easy way to take Toronto off their game might be to score on the power play. They have yet to give up a goal with a man in the box in 2012.
For the Flyers, there are several things to keep an eye on tonight. First and foremost, how will Danny Briere look in what should prove to be a physical game? This being only his second game back from injury, will he still be able to get moving and return to form? The Flyers could really use his help on the score sheet – Wayne Simmonds and the rookies can’t really do it all. Luckily for the Flyers, additional scoring help seems right around the corner from some familiar faces. Giroux and Jagr were all over the ice versus the Islanders, and while they may not have put the puck in the net it is clear that they are beginning to get back into that early season form.
Another thing to keep an eye on is the defense. As a whole, the unit has vastly underperformed over the last month or so. Many are clamoring for a move to be made to bolster the blue-line, with some even speculating that help might come in the form of opponent Luke Schenn. With each passing day, an uneasy defense surely means an uneasy front office; and we all know how that story goes. This team as it stands is running out of time to prove that they are ready to make a push without any tweaks.
Lets Go Flyers!
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