Maple Leafs Look to Continue Playoff Push
The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing solid hockey as of late and look primed to clinch a playoff berth. With a record of 43-19-5, the Maple Leafs are a point behind second-place Tampa Bay (43-18-6) and seven points behind division leader Florida (46-15-6).
Meanwhile, the Flyers have been one of the worst teams in the NHL. Philadelphia has a record of 21-35-11, tied for the second-worst mark in the Eastern Conference. They’ve lost three straight games and 7 of their last 10.
In the thick of the playoff hunt, will the Maple Leafs take the lowly Flyers lightly?
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and NHL odds for Maple Leafs vs Flyers. We have plenty of predictions for you to consider.
High-Scoring Maple Leafs a Threat Against any Team
The Maple Leafs boast one of the most dangerous offenses in the entire NHL. Toronto has scored 250 goals, third-best in the NHL behind only the Colorado Avalanche (256) and Florida Panthers (272). They average 3.73 GF/G, which trails only the Avalanche and Panthers league-wide.
Auston Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 50 goals and 87 points, to no one’s surprise. And if he can keep at it, the 24-year-old should be set to eclipse many of the franchise’s offensive records by the end of the season.
“He’s got a great chance to eclipse a lot of, if not most, of the most prominent offensive franchise records in Toronto Maple Leafs history when all is said and done,” said Mats Sundin.
“He’s got to stay healthy, of course, and stick around with the Leafs for a long time. If that happens, I mean, just look at the pace he’s on. He’s doing it already.”
Aside from Matthews, the Maple Leafs boast four more players who’ve surpassed 20 goals, including Mitch Marner (28), William Nylander (26), John Tavares (23), and Michael Bunting (20).
Toronto’s offense is red hot, scoring 18 goals combined over its last three games.
The Maple Leafs have the highest power-play percentage in the NHL (30%) and have scored 54 power-play goals, second-best behind Colorado (60) in the NHL.
The Maple Leafs allow 3.03 GA/G, but they held seven opponents to three goals or less in March.
Anemic Offense and Defense Have Doomed Flyers
The Flyers have struggled on both ends of the ice, so it’s no surprise they find themselves near the basement of the NHL.
Philadelphia has allowed 3.48 GA/G; only the Buffalo Sabres (3.49), New Jersey Devils (3.63), Columbus Blue Jackets (3.72), Montreal Canadians (3.76), and Detroit Red Wings (3.82) allow more goals per game.
The Flyers are worse on the other end of the ice, as their offense has fallen flat all year. Philadelphia averages just 2.57 GF/G, second-worst in the league behind the Canadians (2.51 GF/G).
The Flyers have struggled in special teams, as well. They’ve allowed 47 power-play goals, tied for eighth-most in the league. Philadelphia’s penalty kill percentage is also near the bottom of the league at 75%.
After dealing away some veterans, including captain Claude Giroux at the trade deadline, the Flyers are now one of the youngest teams in the league. Their inexperience has shown, and they should be no match for the Maple Leafs.
Leafs vs Flyers Head-to-Head
The Maple Leafs and Flyers have met only once, a 3-0 Toronto victory.
Maple Leafs vs Flyers Game Information
- Game: Toronto Maple Leafs (43-19-50) at Philadelphia Flyers (21-35-11)
- Location: Wells Fargo Center
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NHL TV
Maple Leafs vs Flyers Betting Lines
Maple Leafs vs Flyers Prediction
The total for this game was set at 6.50 goals at the sportsbook. This number seems low, especially since the Maple Leafs’ recent goal output. Over their last three games, Toronto has averaged six goals a game.
Meanwhile, the Flyers have averaged five goals against over their last three games. When betting online, take the over 6.50 goals!