After having a five-game winning streak snapped Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-1) are looking at some potential lineup changes for Wednesday’s matchup at the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Maple Leafs had a five-game winning streak snapped Monday, with a 5-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Kings.
Forwards John Tavares and Ondrej Kase are on the trip but are considered game-time decisions. Tavares is the Leafs’ leading scorer with 13 points (7 G, 6 A) in 13 games. Kase has just two points (1 G, 1 A) but has become a reliable checker and penalty killer.
If Tavares and/or Kase can’t play, the Maple Leafs do have Kirill Semyonov or and/or Joey Anderson available. Semyonov was leading the AHL Toronto Marlies in scoring, with nine points (1 G, 8 A) in nine games. Anderson had four points (3 G, 1 A) in nine games for the Marlies.
On defence, Toronto’s shaky performance against Los Angeles opens the door for Justin Holl to return. Holl has been a healthy scratch for the past five games, which was longer than head coach Sheldon Keefe expected, but the team was winning. Travis Dermott will be a healthy scratch to make room for Holl.
Jack Campbell gets the start in goal again for Toronto. It will be his 11th start of the season. Montreal’s Jake Allen leads the league with 12 goaltender starts this season.
If Tavares and Kase can’t go, here are the Toronto Maple Leafs’ expected lines for Game #14 at Philadelphia.
If Tavares and Kase can go, expect the same forward lines as in recent games, with Holl in for Dermott on defence.
Bunting – Matthews – Nylander
Ritchie – Kerfoot – Marner
Engvall – Kampf – Anderson
Semyonov – Spezza – Simmonds
Rielly – Brodie
Muzzin – Holl
Sandin – Liljegren
The Philadelphia Flyers are rocking a 6-2-2 record and have one regulation loss in the past six games. They have run into some offensive trouble lately, scoring nine goals in the past five games.
Secondary offence could be an issue for Philadelphia. Centre Kevin Hayes is still out while recovering from abdominal surgery and that has the Flyers running Derick Brassard as the second-line centre.
In addition to Hayes, the Flyers have been without defenceman Ryan Ellis for the past three weeks due to a lower-body injury. He is nearing a return but might not be ready for Wednesday. If not, Nick Seeler will stick in the Flyers lineup.
Carter Hart gets the start in goal. He has rebounded from a terrible 2021 season, posting a .926 save percentage in his first seven starts.
Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux are tied for the Philadelphia Flyers team lead with 12 points in 10 games.
Here are expected lines for the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday:
Giroux – Konecny – Couturier
Farabee – Brassard – Atkinson
Lindblom – Laughton – van Riemsdyk
MacEwen – Thompson – Brown
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Seeler/Ellis
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