Game Preview: Leafs return to the ice to face the Flyers

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The Toronto Maple Leafs (37-19-8) are back on the ice tonight vs. The Philadelphia Flyers (34-24-8).

Toronto last played on Saturday, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2.

Mitch Marner will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury. Marner did skate yesterday.

Auston Matthews has been goalless in his last two games. He still leads the NHL in goals with 54. The last time Matthews played the Flyers, he scored a hat trick.

This game is the season’s second meeting between the Leafs and Flyers. Toronto won the first game 4-3 in overtime.

The Leafs are 19-7-6 on the road. With a win tonight, Toronto will be the first team to reach 20 wins on the road this season.

Simon Benoit will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

The key player to watch on the Flyers is forward Travis Konecny. The 27-year-old has 56 points in 60 games this season and two assists in the Flyers’ win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

John Tortorella won’t be behind the bench for the Flyers. He will be serving the second game of his two-game suspension.

Samuel Ersson is Philadelphia’s expected starting goalie. He is 19-13-5 with a 2.61 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

Ilya Samsonov is the starting goalie for Toronto. In his last 15 games, Samsonov is 12-3-0 with a GAA of 2.37 and a .911 save percentage.

The puck drop for tonight’s game is at 7:30 p.m. on TSN4.

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