The current 10-game stretch for the Flyers is certainly a gauntlet of tough opponents, but Tuesday's game appeared to be a brief escape from that. The San Jose Sharks are the lone non-playoff team the Flyers would face in this 10-game stretch. Despite that, the Flyers had to overcome a sloppy game to come away with the important two points they needed.

Now the real gauntlet begins. Seven straight games against playoff opponents, a stretch certain to define their playoff status. First up is the first of two meetings with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPToronto Maple LeafsGPGAP
Travis Konecny60272956William Nylander64345084
Joel Farabee66192746Auston Matthews63542680
Owen Tippett62231639Mitch Marner62255176
Travis Sanheim6583038John Tavares62202646
Sean Couturier62112435Morgan Rielly5973946

Flyers Maple Leafs Players to Watch

Travis Konecny's presence in the lineup has certainly helped bring more skill to the lineup again. After being held without a point in the first two games since his return from injury, he had two assists in Tuesday's win over San Jose. Konecny also has 19 points in 19 career games against Toronto, including a goal and an assist on Feb. 15.

Auston Matthews remains on a near 70-goal pace for the season, but has cooled off lately with just two goals in the last eight games after scoring 10 in a five-game span before that. That 10-goal outburst included a hat trick against the Flyers on Feb. 15.

Flyers Maple Leafs Goalie Matchup

Sam Ersson gets the start for the Flyers. Ersson rebounded from an early exit last Saturday to make 27 saves on 29 shots in Tuesday's win over San Jose. Ersson made 24 saves on 28 shots in an overtime loss to Toronto on Feb. 15.

Ilya Samsonov gets the start for the Leafs. Samsonov made 29 saves on 31 shots in a win over Montreal last Saturday. Samsonov has won nine of his last 10 starts, including on Feb. 15 against the Flyers, making 29 saves on 32 shots.

Projected Lineups

Flyers Lines

Flyers Scratches: Jamie Drysdale (injury), Rasmus Ristolainen (injury), Nick Seeler (injury), Cam Atkinson (healthy), Nick Deslauriers (healthy)

Maple Leafs Lines

Maple Leafs Scratches: Mitch Marner (injury), Mark Giordano (injury), Conor Timmins (illness), Noah Gregor (healthy), Nick Robertson (healthy), Simon Benoit (healthy), Martin Jones (healthy)

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: No changes are expected to the Flyers lineup.
  • Maple Leafs: Mitch Marner remains out with an injury, missing his second straight game. No other changes are expected to the Toronto lineup.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (12.9% - 32nd), Maple Leafs (27.2% - 2nd)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (84.8% - 3rd), Maple Leafs (77.4% - 22nd)
  • Recent History vs. Maple Leafs
    • Feb. 15, 2024 - Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 3 (F/OT) (at TOR)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Maple Leafs 
    • Travis Konecny: 19 GP, 6 G, 13 A, 19 P
    • Marc Staal: 45 GP, 3 G, 15 A, 18 P
    • Sean Couturier: 28 GP, 4 G, 11 A, 15 P
    • Sam Ersson: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 3.94 GAA, .857 SV%
    • Felix Sandstrom: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .886 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Ryan Poehling plays in his 200th NHL game tonight.
    • Joel Farabee needs one assist to reach 100 for his career.
    • Sean Couturier needs five points to reach 500 for his career.

Where to Watch

  • TV: ESPN+/Hulu
  • Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN. Follow him on social media @Kevin_Durso.

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