Game Preview: Leafs home stand continues against the Flyers

The Toronto Maple Leafs (27-16-8) home stand continues Thursday night when they host the Philadelphia Flyers (29-19-6).

Toronto is coming off a 4-1 win Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues, following Bobby McMann’s first career hat trick.

This game will be the first meeting of the season between both teams. Toronto won all three games against the Flyers last season.

Toronto sits in the first Wild Card spot, one point back of Tampa Bay for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Auston Matthews remains the NHL goal-scoring leader with 42 goals. In his last 10 games, Matthews has scored in seven of them.

The Leafs are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.

The Philadelphia Flyers have exceeded expectations this season, sitting comfortably in a playoff spot. They are one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Philadelphia is coming off a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. They are on a four-game winning streak.

Travis Konecny leads the Flyers with 49 points. In 54 games this season, Konecny has 25 goals and 24 assists.

Special Teams could be a critical factor in this matchup for both teams as the Leafs are fourth in power-play percentage with 26.2, while the Flyers are second in penalty-kill percentage with 86.3.

Samuel Ersson is the expected starter for the Flyers. He is 15-9-3, with a 2.49 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He has three shutouts on the season.

Ilya Samsonov is the expected starter in net for the Maple Leafs. He faced 15 shots against St. Louis. Samsonov has one loss in his last six starts.

The puck drop for the game will be at 7:00 p.m. on TSN4.

Photo Credits: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

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