Flyers vs. Maple Leafs preview: Eric Lindros has completely stolen this show

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Eric Lindros #88 of the Philadelphia Flyers leaves the ice after playting against the New York Rangers during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game on December 31, 2011 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

7 p.m., Air Canada Centre
Toronto, Ont., Canada
TV: CSN Philly, TSN
RADIO: 94 WIP
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This is where we typically write about the upcoming game, looking at matchups or storylines or injuries or whatever. But that just seems sort of silly today. Alright, not completely silly. Let's get this stuff out of the way first:

  • Kimmo Timonen isn't playing tonight. He's not necessarily hurt (beyond the fact that he's always hurt)-- just relaxing before the playoffs. He didn't make the trip with the team and Marc-Andre Bourdon has been called up. He'll likely play with Matt Carle, who is the Worst Hockey Player Ever, as he did when he was with the Flyers earlier this season.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky is in goal. He was scheduled to start this game anyway (because the Leafs suck, you know?) but with Ilya Bryzgalov day-to-day with a bone chip floating around inside his foot, Bob's been forced into action. Because you do not want Jason Bacashihua in goal, regardless of whether or not he could do a good job. Our fragile, goaltender-crushed psyche just can't take that quite yet.
  • The Leafs are bad. They are 4-7-2 this month. The Flyers can sweep the season series with a win tonight.

That's all you really need to know. The Flyers are better than the Leafs and there's absolutely no reason why they should lose this game tonight, especially when you're considering the stakes are actually important for one team and completely meaningless for the other.

Let's not pretend that's what's awesome about today, though. ERIC LINDROS, YOU GUYS.

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