The Flyers have been playing completely different hockey in the month of January than the first half of the season, and that is reflected in their recent streak of points in six-consecutive games. Since Thanksgiving, the Orange and Black are 13-5-3, and have won five of their last six games.
They take the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time this season, who have hit a rough patch as of late. They've lost their last five games (including a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 9), and have lost one of their top scorers -- ex-Flyer James van Riemsdyk -- to a broken foot. With a 16-20-7 record and 39 points, the rebuilding Leafs sit at 15th in the Eastern Conference, and are one point shy of last overall in the league.
Of course, the Flyers' struggles in playing down to lower teams is well-documented. Tonight's game provides a decent opportunity for the Leafs to get back on track, and considering how crucial points are for the Flyers (20-15-8) at this stage of the season, they cannot afford to fall back into that bad habit.
The opening face-off from Wells Fargo Center is set for 7 p.m.