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Gameday: Flyers vs Team Canada


Toronto Maple Leafs (16-19-6, 38 pts) at Philadelphia Flyers (22-10-9, 53 pts)
Wachovia Center - 7 PM EST - Philadelphia, PA
TV: CSN Philly HD, NHL Network in the US, CBC HD
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 206
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Behind Enemy Lines: Pension Plan Puppets


What To Watch For: So the Leafs aren't really Team Canada, and they're not as good as Team Canada ever will be. But it's Saturday night, and that means Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, a weekly hockey-filled night where all of Canada outside of Toronto suffers through CBC's Leaf-loving.

In the states, and more importantly in Philadelphia, it means a North of the Border showcase for the Flyers, and its also a chance for the Flyers to make up for their loss back on November 29th to the Leafs on HNIC. That game was one of only four Flyer losses since November 11.

The Flyers are also trying to make it eight straight games at home without a loss.

Scouting the Enemy: The Leafs are a good team to try to extend a win streak against. They are coming off a 6-2 crushing at the hands of Montreal on Thursday night.

Toronto is a team without an identity, but new GM Brian Burke is searching for one. He may be taking a page out of the Flyers playbook even, as he made his first move as Leafs GM this week when he picked up tough guy Brad May from Anaheim, and in that game against Montreal, Mikhail Grabovski was suspended two games after shoving a ref.

Between The Pipes: Antero Niittymaki is still out, Scott Munroe is still on the bench, and Martin Biron is still playing. Vesa Toskala has never lost to the Flyers in four starts, and he goes for the Leafs tonight.

Injury Report: Lupul is back, but Ossi Vaananen has one of those mysterious lower body injuries and will not play tonight. Luca Sbisa moves back from the forward position, a sentence I never thought I'd have the opportunity to say, to replace Vaananen. Josh Gratton has been put on the IR with an abdomen injury.

Questions to Answer:

1. Brad May is in his second game as a Leaf and he's already had a physical start to his Toronto career. How physical does this game get?

2. The Flyers should win. It's simple, do they do the job they're supposed to?

3. Can Carter get on the board?

Orange shirts tonight. Let's Go Flyers!