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Flyers-Canadiens likely to be battle of backups

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 1:19 PM

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Flyers-Canadiens likely to be battle of backups

The Philadelphia Flyers did not skate Saturday morning after arriving late Friday night following a dispiriting 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Philadelphia may have lost more than the game; defenseman Kimmo Timonen did not play in the third period with a lower-body injury and his status for Saturday night remains in question.

Though there’s been no confirmation from the Flyers, Brian Boucher should get the start in goal over Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Canadiens also will be playing their backup goaltender with starter Carey Price out because of a stomach flu. Peter Budaj will be seeking his first win of the season in his third start.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien made a minor adjustment to his lines Saturday morning in an attempt to get Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais to produce some offense, placing rookie Brendan Gallagher on their right wing. Pacioretty does not have a goal in nine games this season, and dating to last season he has scored three goals in his past 23 games.

It will make for a line lacking size; Desharnais is listed at 5-foot-7, and Gallagher is listed at 5-foot-9.

Here is the lineup the Flyers used Friday night and the lines from the Canadiens morning skate:

FLYERS

Matt Read - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds

Jakub Voracek - Brayden Schenn - Tye McGinn

Ruslan Fedotenko - Danny Briere - Mike Knuble

Maxime Talbot - Sean Couturier - Zac Rinaldo

Kimmo Timonen - Luke Schenn

Nicklas Grossmann - Kurtis Foster

Braydon Coburn - Bruno Gervais

Ilya Bryzgalov

Brian Boucher

Scratched: Tom Sestito, Andreas Lilja

Injured: Scott Hartnell, Andrej Meszaros, Michael Leighton, Jody Shelley

CANADIENS

Rene BourqueTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher

Brandon PrustAlex GalchenyukErik Cole

Travis MoenLars EllerColby Armstrong

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Josh GorgesRaphael Diaz

Francis BouillonP.K. Subban

Peter Budaj

Robert Mayer

Scratched: Carey Price (flu), Tomas Kaberle, Yannick Weber, Ryan White

Injured: Petteri Nokelainen

Quote of the Day

[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday