Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 2nd 2022

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The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to rebound from a disappointing road trip when they return home Wednesday night to play the Philadelphia Flyers.

After squandering a 3-1 third-period lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, the Maple Leafs completed their trip 1-2-2.

"You can get frustrated all you want, it's not going to help anything," Maple Leafs defenseman and alternate captain Morgan Rielly said Sunday. "You can talk about a lot of different things but this is on us. Players are in control of the outcome.

"Nobody is making excuses, that it's early, that it's OK. We're not saying that. We keep our focus that it's a long season. We're not going to try to turn away from anything, we keep going until we right the ship."

The Maple Leafs will get a heavy dose of home cooking as they play eight of their next 10 games in Toronto.

The Flyers opened a three-game road trip Tuesday night with a 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers. It was Philadelphia's second consecutive loss in extra time.

The Maple Leafs have lost four in a row, two in overtime.

"When you talk about our start and our results we had, the points we have been able to accumulate to this point probably are even more than what I would expect based on how we have played, frankly," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said on Tuesday after practice.

The Maple Leafs are working on executing fundamentals, something that has been lacking.

"There are a lot of fundamentals we are not executing at a high level," Keefe said. "Some of the things that we expect to be really good in -- as simple as breaking out and being available for one another and being responsible for your touch and your pass -- that was the emphasis, to be good in that area."

Other than that, Keefe said that he had a simple message to his players: "It's nice to be home. The calendar turns to November, we have a fresh opportunity to get back on home ice. Let's get to work."

"I think we've been on a roller coaster as far as our play," Flyers coach John Tortorella said after a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. "It's been awful. It's been good. It's been just terrible. It's been really good. It's been up and down. But the team has found a way to get points. So they should feel good about this point."

The Flyers had good goaltending again from Carter Hart on Tuesday as he stopped 35 shots. Rangers goaltender Igor Sheshterkin made 19 saves, none in overtime.

Tortorella said that because of the heavy minutes some of his players logged Tuesday, he will likely play defenseman Egor Zamula and center Tanner Laczynski on Wednesday to provide fresh legs against a team with speed like the Maple Leafs. Both were scratches Tuesday.

Tortorella saw value from the game in New York beyond the one point earned.

"It's great experience for some guys to play in this building (Madison Square Garden), the way the atmosphere was, and just stay within themselves," Tortorella said after the game on Tuesday. "That's what I liked about it is that after an abysmal second period, I thought we gathered ourselves, and I thought we played a good third period."

--Field Level Media

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Sean Couturier scored the decisive goal in a shootout, and the visiting Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Saturday night for their third straight win.

The shootout was tied 1-1 when Couturier scored the winner to complete the third round. He deked Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen to the right before coming back left and slipping the puck into the open side of the net.

The Maple Leafs defeated the Flyers after an 11-round shootout Nov. 2 in Philadelphia.

Philippe Myers and Oskar Lindblom scored for the Flyers in regulation time. Brian Elliott stopped 38 shots, including eight in overtime.

William Nylander had a goal and an assist for Toronto, and Travis Dermott had a goal in regulation. Auston Matthews added two assists for the Maple Leafs, who tied the game in the third period after the Flyers built a 2-0 lead.

Andersen made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs, who had a three-game win streak snapped.

The Flyers scored twice in the first period.

Myers scored his second goal of the season on a sharp wrist shot from the slot, on a pass from former Maple Leaf James van Riemsdyk at 8:08 of the first.

Lindblom scored his eighth of the season on a deflection of a shot by Travis Konecny on a power play at 18:28 of the first. Ilya Mikheyev was serving an interference penalty for the Maple Leafs.

Toronto had a 10-8 advantage in shots on goal in the first period.

Dermott scored his first goal of the season at 10:11 of the second period on a snap shot. Matthews emerged from a scramble near the left boards and knocked the puck to Nylander, who slid a pass into the slot to Dermott.

Toronto led 21-18 in shots on goal after two periods.

Andersen made two big saves during a scramble around the net three minutes into the third period.

About a minute later, Nylander notched his fifth goal at 3:58 of the third after Matthews, from the side of the net, flicked a backhand pass into the goal mouth.

The Leafs outshot the Flyers 8-1 in overtime.

--Field Level Media

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