Philadelphia Flyers (0-2-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (2-1-0)
Air Canada Centre - 7:00 PM ET - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV: No Local TV, Leafs TV, Look for Webcasts
Radio: 610 WIP
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Behind Enemy Lines: Pension Plan Puppets
The Flyers looked sloppy the other night in London, Ontario against a Maple Leafs team that look much more hungry than the orange and black. Paul Holmgren was not happy with the performance, and it appears that Philadelphia is going out tonight with one thing in mind -- winning a hockey game.
No more of that Logan Stephenson nonsense. Only a handful on the roster tonight for the Flyers were AHL players last season, but with Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, Chris Pronger, and Claude Giroux suiting up, it's an NHL-level roster tonight for the orange and black.
For Mark Bell, it could be one of his last chances to prove himself in this training camp. Coach Stevens has called him "just okay" so far this preseason, and he seemed lazy in the Flyers 3-1 loss to Wednesday night. Bell didn't play on Thursday night in London and if he doesn't show the coaching staff some character this evening, he could be sent packing.
Blair Betts, James van Riemsdyk, and Riley Cote, three players who are not guaranteed roster spots with the Flyers, will play once again tonight. Cote could be sent to Adirondack if the Flyers think his role is already filled by Dan Carcillo and Arron Asham. Betts and JVR have played in all three preseason games and have been some of the most impressive players in camp. If they continue to capitalize on their opportunities, it's going to be hard to keep them off the NHL roster.
Ray Emery and Brian Boucher will share the goaltending duties. After the jump, the full lineups for both teams.
Forwards - James van Riemsdyk, Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, David Laliberte, Dan Carcillo, Darroll Powe, Ian Laperriere, Riley Cote, Blair Betts, Mark Bell
Defensemen- Matt Carle, Chris Pronger, Danny Syvret, Braydon Coburn, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Randy Jones
Goalies - Ray Emery, Brian Boucher
Niklas Hagman - Matt Stajan - Jason Blake
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jason Allison - Lee Stempniak
John Mitchell - Nazem Kadri - Christian Hanson
Jay Rosehill - Rickard Wallin - Colton Orr
Tomas Kaberle - Mike Komisarek
Francois Beauchemin - Luke Schenn
Carl Gunnarson - Garnet Exelby