Leafs defenceman Jeff Finger was scratched last night after suffering what the team is calling an upper-body injury in Thursday's 6-2 loss in Montreal. Finger made the trip to Philadelphia and practised with the team on Friday but was not in the lineup last night.
With Finger out, Jaime Sifers returned to the blue line after being a healthy scratch the two previous games.
Also absent for the Leafs was winger Mikhail Grabovski who was serving the first game of his three-game suspension for shoving linesman Scott Cherrey near the end of the game against the Canadiens.
Leafs defenceman Ian White played in the 200th game of his NHL career last night, all of those with Toronto.
After starting the season as a healthy scratch for the first 11 games, White has become a popular starter with coach Ron Wilson. Though he started at forward, White has become a regular on defence and at plus six prior to last night is the Leafs' leader in plus-minus rating. In his 199 games prior to last night, White recorded 64 points on 14 goals and 50 assists.
Wilson has not so fond memories of coming to Philadelphia as a player when the Spectrum was one of the most intimidating buildings in the league. So the Leafs coach won't be sorry to see the old building blown up. The original home to the Flyers and 76ers is slated to be demolished this fall.
"I don't think any player who didn't play for the Flyers won't be saying: 'Good riddance,'" Wilson said after the Leafs practised at the Spectrum on Friday. "It was the team you were playing. It was just the thought of the team you were playing. You could sense (the intimidation). A lot of people who (played here) can relate to those kinds of stories."
Vesa Toskala started his 36th game last night, which has him tied for fourth in the NHL in games started by goaltenders. Toskala thrives on the workload, however. In one stretch last season, the Finnish netminder started in 30 consecutive games ... The Flyers have moved to the top of the Atlantic Division standings despite an injury-riddled season. The team already has lost 315-man games to injury ... Next up for the Leafs is a home game against Nashville on Tuesday before back-to-back road games in Carolina and Atlanta on Thursday and Friday. The Leafs will then have Saturday night off for the third time this season ... Prior to last night, the Flyers were 1-6 in their previous seven games at home.