Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has played his cards well this season when having ace Auston Matthews held out of the deck due to injury. With Matthews likely a game-time decision due to an upper-body ailment, the Maple Leafs aim to secure a fourth straight victory on Tuesday when they open a three-game trek against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"We're not trying to have (Auston) out of the lineup, but it's nice we can win without him obviously," Babcock told TSN after Toronto improved to 5-0-0 this season without the reigning Calder Memorial Trophy recipient in the lineup following Sunday's 1-0 victory over Edmonton. Frederik Andersen was given the night off against the Oilers, but looks to avenge his lone loss to Philadelphia in seven career outings (6-1-0) following a four-goal performance in a 4-2 setback on Oct. 28. Jakub Voracek scored and set up a goal in that contest and notched three assists on Thursday as the Flyers completed a perfect three-game trek through Western Canada with a 4-1 triumph versus Vancouver. The 28-year-old Czech has set up seven goals during the road trip to extend his team lead in assists (30) and points (37).

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ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (20-10-1): William Nylander may have been shuffled to a new line, but his mates' faces were quite familiar as he joined Zach Hyman and Connor Brown for the first time since the group was with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. "It is fun when we get to play together, it (had been) a while," Nylander told TSN. "I think it started pretty good." Hyman scored 34 seconds into Sunday's tilt, marking his club's fastest to start a game this season.

ABOUT THE FLYERS (11-11-7): While Philadelphia answered a 10-game winless skid (0-5-5) with a successful road trip, forward Sean Couturier knows his team needs a strong response to end a six-game losing streak (0-4-2) in front of the home folk at Wells Fargo Center. "It can be tough at times, especially in Philly. More pressure," Couturier told "But when you're winning, it's one of the best places to play. Now that we're back on the winning side, we're excited to be back in front of the fans, and hopefully we can stick a few more wins here." Goaltender Brian Elliott has made his presence felt during the team's winning streak, earning NHL Third Star of Week honors on Monday after posting a 1.67 goals-against average and .954 save percentage during that stretch.


1. Philadelphia LW Michael Raffl collected three goals and an assist during the three-game road trip after mustering three points (two goals, one assist) in his previous 26 contests.

2. Maple Leafs C Nazem Kadri scored twice in the first encounter versus the Flyers and has 12 points in 12 games to end November before being held off the scoresheet in all four contests in December.

3. Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux, who is an Ontario native, has recorded multi-point performances in each of his last two games overall and scored a goal versus Toronto in the first encounter.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 2