James van Riemsdyk Returns to Philadelphia
James van Riemsdyk will lead the Toronto Maple Leafs into Philadelphia to face his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers. This will be his first return to Philadelphia after being traded to Toronto for defenseman Luke Schenn in the offseason.
Van Riemsdyk was drafted second overall by the Flyers in 2007 and had 47 goals and 52 assists in three seasons with Philadelphia.
The trade has proven to be a success for both teams, since van Riemsdyk has been stellar this season with 11 goals, four assists and a plus-four rating. He is the primary reason the Maple Leafs have gotten off to an 11-8 start.
Luke Schenn has provided depth and toughness for the Flyers while contributing two goals, three assists, 69 hits and a plus-six rating.
In his first meeting against his old team, van Riemsdyk scored a goal to lead his team to a 5-2 victory.
According to Fox News, the Flyers have won seven of their last eight games against the Maple Leafs in Philadelphia.
The Flyers will look to keep that winning trend going as they try to climb back to .500. The team had a chance to reach .500 on Thursday night, but failed to do so.
“I usually don’t make up excuses, but you saw a tired Flyers team,” Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said after the loss, reports Philly.com.
The team won’t have that excuse to fall back on tonight because they had Sunday off.
The Flyers seem to have picked up the slack on offense. Claude Giroux has 11 points in his last seven games, Wayne Simmonds has 10 points in his last eight and Jake Voracek has 12 points in his last five.
The home team will be looking for revenge and we will see how they fare in van Riemsdyk’s much-anticipated return to the Wells Fargo center.