#4 Philadelphia Flyers (40-23-10, 92 pts) at #12 Toronto Maple Leafs (31-32-13, 75 pts)
Air Canada Centre - 7:30 PM EDT - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV: CSN HD, TSN HD, NHL Network US
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 206
This is the open game thread.
Behind Enemy Lines: Pension Plan Puppets
Beating the snot out of the Toronto Maple Leafs is probably one of my favorite occurances in sport. They're just so easy to hate. Sadly though, tonight's game doesn't mean a damn thing to them. They're officially out of playoff contention (although they've been out of it pretty much since October) and they're pretty much just going through the motions at this point.
They've lost two straight, most recently on Saturday in a 7-5 loss to the Bruins. Both teams coming off of losses to Boston are probably the only thing the Flyers and Leafs have in common right now. This game matters to Philadelphia. With Carolina and Pittsburgh right on the Flyers' tails, the orange and black need to keep pace.
Between the Pipes: Martin Biron returns to the Flyer crease tonight. No shock.
And, no, this is not an April Fools joke: Curtis Joseph will be in net tonight for Toronto. Yes, the same guy who's been playing since the Leafs last won a Cup. Martin Gerber is serving the final game of a three game suspension. CuJo is 4-8-2 this season with a 3.62 GAA. Hah.
Toronto Maple Leafs Injuries
Riley Cote might be in the Flyers lineup. He was only expected to miss a game with his slight hand injury, but Andreas Nodl is still with the club. We'll know at game time. I won't be around, as mentioned, since I'll be at the Phantoms game watching JVR. Expect reports on both games late tonight.