VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers (36-32-8) will try to fend off elimination Wednesday night when they host the Maple Leafs (45-25-6).
Here are the essentials:
• When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• By virtue of tiebreakers, the Flyers can be eliminated from playoff contention tonight with a regulation loss.
The Flyers are 10 points back of the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot with six games remaining. After a 2-5-0 stretch, they would need an absolute miracle to qualify for the postseason. In fact, both Hockey-Reference.com and SportsClubStats.com give the Flyers a 0.0 percent chance to make the playoffs.
Regardless, interim head coach Scott Gordon expects his team to play hard.
I think they're all pros and they know the right way and the wrong way to play the game.
I don't have any doubts that our guys will play well.
• Samuel Morin hasn't played in a competitive hockey game since May 9, 2018, when he suffered a torn ACL during the Phantoms' five-overtime playoff victory. His last NHL game was Nov. 24, 2017.
That will all change tonight as the 6-foot-7 defenseman enters the lineup. Not only has Morin completed a lengthy recovery from an ACL injury, but he also played just 15 regular-season games last season with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley because of several lower-body injuries.
"My road to recovery has been pretty weird," Morin said Wednesday after morning skate. "It'll be a story to tell later. Just don't give up."
Morin, the Flyers' 2013 first-round pick, said this game feels more meaningful than his NHL debut on April 4, 2017 (see story).
"I think it's bigger, to be honest," he said. "My first NHL game, big hype obviously, but I played all year and had a good year. This is crazy, just playing a game."
With Morin making his season debut, the Flyers will play seven defensemen and 11 forwards, which they've done plenty under Gordon.
• Michael Raffl took the ice knowing he's back in the Flyers' picture for two more years. The pending unrestricted free agent wasn't traded at the Feb. 25 deadline and was re-signed to a two-year extension Tuesday, a deal worth less than his current contract (see story).
The 30-year-old forward has played only for the Flyers in his career and didn't want to leave. However, the decision wasn't just about being comfortable.
It's not always good to be in a comfort zone in your life. As I said, though, I love it here and at this point in my career, you look to go somewhere where you have a chance to have success and a chance to win. I feel very confident in this group and things that are coming up. I think it's going to be a bright future for the Flyers and I'm happy that I can be a part of it for two more years.
• Since beating the Flyers, 7-6, in a wild game March 15, the Maple Leafs have lost three of their last five games, with two of those defeats coming against the Senators and Rangers.
James van Riemsdyk-Nolan Patrick-Claude Giroux
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Travis Konecny-Scott Laughton-Ryan Hartman
Michael Raffl-Corban Knight
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
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