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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

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

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