Tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be a night to remember for several members of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek, who both joined the Flyers in the summer of 2011 as part of the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter trades respectively, will each reach the 500-game milestone.
“Oh yeah, I knew it was coming,” Simmonds told CSN Philly. “That’s a big milestone. Well, in my eyes, anyway. In my mind, that’s a lot of games.”
Voracek is just 25 years old and Simmonds turned 26 in August, so it’s not hard to picture both of them playing in another 500 contests, especially given how they’ve performed this season. Voracek has 17 goals and a league-leading 58 points while Simmonds has 18 goals and 31 points in 50 contests.
If goaltender Steve Mason starts as anticipated, it will also be his 100th game with Philadelphia. He struggled for years in Columbus after an impressive debut season, but has a 2.43 GAA and .921 save percentage over his tenure with the Flyers.
Philadelphia is going for its fourth straight win tonight while Toronto is trying to end its losing streak at eight games.