May 8, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A general view of the Air Canada Centre during the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Boston Bruins during game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. The Bruins beat the Leafs 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Preseason: Leafs vs. Flyers preview

The Leafs open up preseason action against the Philadelphia Flyers in what will be the first of back-to-back games for the two clubs, with the first one being played in London, Ontario, and the other one at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The two teams split the season series last year at one apiece.  The lineups are as followed via the Leafs’ official site:

Toronto will skate at the MasterCard Centre this morning before busing to London this afternoon. Here is the list of players who will be in tonight’s game in London with projected lines:

Forward: Spencer Abbott, Tyler Biggs, Dave Bolland, Troy Bodie, David Broll, Joe Colborne,  Jamie Devane, Frederik Gauthier, Nazem Kadri, Josh Leivo, Mason Raymond, Ryan Rupert

Defence: Jesse Blacker, Korbinian Holzer, John-Michael Liles, Andrew MacWilliam, Paul Ranger, Morgan Rielly

Goalies: Christopher Gibson, James Reimer

Projected lines (no particular order)

Broll-Kadri-Leivo
Abbott-Bolland-Rupert
Raymond-Colborne-Biggs
Devane-Gauthier-Bodie

Defence
Rielly-Holzer
Liles-Blacker
Ranger-MacWilliam

Reimer
Gibson

Reimer will start, but will no doubt share time with young Christopher Gibson as coaches and scouts will want to see what Gibson can do. New Leafs Bolland and Ranger will make their blue-and-white debut tonight, while guys like Mason Raymond will try to impress the team and hopefully get a roster spot.

The Leafs will play the Flyers again on September 16 before heading out to Ottawa and Buffalo for games against the Senators and Sabres. The Leafs will then head home to finish the home-and-home with those same two teams. The Leafs will finish off their 2013-14 preseason with a home-and-home against the Detroit Red Wings. The game tonight can be seen on Leafs TV or heard on TSN 1050 starting at 6 p.m.

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