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Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs clash for a pivotal two points

Sean Couturier and the Flyers prepare for a tough matchup.
Sean Couturier and the Flyers prepare for a tough matchup.Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers return home tonight to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in a crucial matchup for each team.

Philadelphia returns home having lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since January 23-25th while falling out of second place in the Metropolitan Division and holding just a three-point lead on Columbus for third place.

Jakub Voracek will need to continue his strong play of late. Voracek has recorded a goal in each of the Flyers’ last three games and is currently in the midst of a four-game scoring streak with three goals and two assists for five points in that span.

While Voracek’s production will need to continue, it is Claude Giroux’s play that will determine the success of the Flyers. Philadelphia is 8-3-1 in the month of March and, coincidentally, Giroux has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in those 12 games.

On the year, the Flyers are 31-13-3 when Giroux posts at least one point. And when he scores a goal? Forget about it. The Flyers are a dominant 18-2-1 when Giroux lights the lamp.

Toronto needs a win in the worst way and the Flyers might be a welcomed sight. The Maple Leafs have lost six consecutive games and seven of their last eight. Entering the night, Toronto is on the outside looking in at the playoffs now sitting in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 80 points.

Luckily, the Maple Leafs have gotten all four points in their two games against the Flyers this season. Most recently, Toronto bested Philadelphia on March 8th thank to Joffrey Lupul’s first regular-season overtime goal. The Leafs have won four of their last five games against the Flyers so maybe they will be a tad more confident entering the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.

The puck is set to drop at 7:00 pm in South Philadelphia. It’s Clutch Time for the Flyers.