No Auston Matthews, but it was a finally a problem for the Leafs. For the first time without Matthews in the line up, the Leafs were doubled up by the Flyers 4-2. Flyers forward Sean Couturier had a big night, posting two points including the game winner in the third frame. James Van Riemsdyk and Patrick Malreau were the lone goal scorers for the Leafs. Marleau's goal was his 1100th point in the NHL and while accomplishing that, he also passed Leafs President Brendan Shannahan in games played with 1525.
The scoreboard did look a bit deceiving, much like Sunday against Edmonton where the Leafs stole two points from the Oilers. Toronto seemed to be the better team for most of this one and their speed and creativity made it tough on the Flyers defenceman to adjust. Don't panic though Leafs Nation, these games are going to happen along the way, it's all part of the process, and I'm pretty positive it's one Mike Babcock enjoys because we all know how much he loves teaching his players a lesson.
The Pre Game Line Results
Well, in our first round with our prediction against the spread, we fell victim to a Flyers team that was very opportunistic with their chances, and thus we fall to 0-1. Thursday's contest with the Wild is one that initially makes me feel strongly about taking the Wild, but we'll see what the line turns out to be.
Watchability Level Review
I thought that what was said pre-game was pretty fair. This was a contest that the Leafs played pretty well in, even if there are areas that clearly still need work for them. Now we didn't end up giving a rating in the pre-game column, but we felt pretty good about saying the crowd in Philly would be engaged and that the play on the ice wouldn't be half bad.
Next Game: Thursday @Minnesota 8PM ET