UPDATE: Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will get his second start of the season when the Flyers host Toronto on Monday night. Bob is 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .913 save percentage. Ilya Bryzgalov has struggled lately and is 3-2-1 with a 2.84 GAA and .895 save percentage.)
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Brother vs. brother in the City of Brotherly Love.
That’s the scenario Monday night, when Flyers rookie center Brayden Schenn and Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn will oppose each other for the first time ever in a regular-season game.
The Flyers (4-2-1), losers of two straight, will meet the resurgent Maple Leafs (5-1-1) at the Wells Fargo Center.
“Dreams don’t always come true, but in our circumstance, we’re lucky they did,” Luke Schenn, who is almost 22 and is in his fourth NHL season, told the Toronto Star. “You work hard and you push each other along the whole way. Him being a forward, me being a defenseman, we had one-on-one battles growing up as a kid in the backyard rink” in Saskatoon. “It’s definitely special for us both being in the NHL.”
“Obviously, it’s been talked about for a while now _ the first match,” 20-year-old Brayden Schenn said after Sunday’s practice in Voorhees. “I think it’s going to be exciting, not only for us, but for the family as well.”
The players’ mom and dad and sisters, Madison and Macy, will travel from Saskatoon to be at the game.
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Jaromir Jagr is hoping to break out of a goal-scoring funk.
Jagr, 39, is goal-less in the first seven games, but he has had much longer droughts in his 17-year NHL career. He had a 16-game drought with the Penguins in 1990-91 and finished that season with 27 goals.
The right winger had 10- and 12-game goal-less streaks with the Rangers in 2007-08. He finished with 25 goals that season.
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Toronto is led by Phil Kessel, who shares the NHL lead with eight goals. Kessel's younger brother, Blake, was impressive in the Flyers' preseason camp and is now playing with the AHL Phantoms.
The Maple Leafs will use backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who will replace the injured James Reimer.
BTW, former Flyer Joffrey Lupul has four goals and four assists for Toronto.
Said Lupul (@JLupul) on Twitter: "Nice to be back in Philly. Fond memories of this place. Wish the Phillies were playing tonight though!"
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In a partnership with the NHL’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” initiative, the Flyers are encouraging fans to wear lavender when attending Monday’s game against the Maple Leafs.
The Flyers will wear “Hockey Fights Cancer” decals on their helmets.
The Flyers will honor Jordyn McKannan, a seven-year-old leukemia survivor.
Comcast-Spectacor Charities will hold a silent auction of an autographed Claude Giroux pink hockey stick. Fans can stop by the Flyers Charities kiosk behind Section 116 during home games, or bid on the stick by going to www.ComcastSpectacorFoundation.org/FlyersAuctions. The auction ends on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m., and proceeds with benefit several breast-cancer organizations.
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