The St. Louis Blues assigned Allen to their affiliate in Peoria on Thursday, one day after Halak performed admirably in a 1-0 overtime loss to Colorado, stopping the first 19 shots he faced.
Allen started four straight games for the Blues while Halak was on the shelf, winning the first three. In five total appearances this season, the 22-year-old Allen is 3-1-0 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.
Howard left in the first period of Tuesday night's 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators after giving up two goals on seven shots.
At 14:21 of the third period in the Flyers/Penguins game, video review determined that Pittsburgh Penguins' forward Chris Kunitz propelled the puck into the net with a distinct kicking motion. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Pittsburgh.
At 5:27 in the first period of the Flyers/Penguins game, video review was inconclusive in determining if the shot by Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin crossed the goal line. Call on the ice stands, no goal Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH -- The Philadelphia Flyers won't have to wait much longer for their leading goal-scorer from a season ago.
Wing Scott Hartnell was cleared to return to practice Wednesday and is on track to play in a game in a week to 10 days, general manager Paul Holmgren said. Hartnell missed his 15th consecutive game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hartnell, who had a career-high 37 goals last season, has been recovering from a broken left foot sustained in a Jan. 22 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Holmgren also updated the status of injured defenseman Andrej Meszaros.
Skinner, the team's second-leading scorer with seven goals and 14 points in 13 games, missed 16 games last season because of a concussion. He was injured last Thursday during Carolina's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, during which he took a couple of hard hits and went helmet-first into the boards on one of those hits.
Skinner said after the game he felt fine; he practiced Friday and took part in a fan event that night. But he was unable to practice Sunday and sat out Monday's game at the Montreal Canadiens. He has not practiced this week.
Skinner's 14 points trail only Eric Staal (17) on the Hurricanes. Skinner scored 31 goals in 2010-11 on the way to winning the Calder Trophy, then scored 20 last season despite the time missed.
He signed a six-year, $34 million contract extension with the Hurricanes in August.
The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled defenseman Ryan Murphy, their first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, from his junior team, the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, according to a report.
Murphy has eight goals and 39 points in 46 games this season, his fourth with Kitchener. He posted 26 goals and 79 points during the 2010-11 season before being taken by the Hurricanes with the 12th pick of the draft.
Injuries: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)
Halak is expected to start in goal against the Avalanche. He has missed eight games since suffering a groin injury in a Feb. 1 game against the Detroit Red Wings. Halak has a 2-2-1 record in eight career starts against Colorado with a 2.97 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
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Hopefully [Jonathan] has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for [a long-term contract]. Because the thought process is trying to get a goaltender, and hopefully it's Jonathan, to be the stabilizer for this franchise.