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Potential lineups for Flyers, Penguins

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 2:25 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / At the Rink blog

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Potential lineups for Flyers, Penguins
PHILADELPHIA -- Here is what the lineups could look like tonight when the Flyers host the Penguins tonight (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers, after winning last night in Buffalo, did not have a skate today, but it's likely they go with the same lineup they used in their 4-3 overtime win against the Sabres.

The Penguins lineup obviously will be different from Monday since Sidney Crosby will be sidelined the next two games. Forward Richard Park and defenseman Deryk Engelland are game-time decisions.

Here's what the teams likely will go with tonight:

FLYERS
Jaromir Jagr - Claude Giroux - Scott Hartnell
Matt Read - Danny Briere - Wayne Simmonds
James van Riemsdyk - Maxime Talbot - Jakub Voracek
Zac Rinaldo - Sean Couturier - Harry Zolnierczyk

Braydon Coburn - Kimmo Timonen
Matt Carle - Marc-Andre Bourdon
Andrej Meszaros - Kevin Marshall

It's unclear who could start in goal tonight. Ilya Bryzgalov played last night in Buffalo and has solid career numbers against the Pens (2-1-1, 1.73 GAA, .942 save percentage, one shutout in four games), but Sergei Bobrovsky was very good against the Penguins last season, going 3-1-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .926 save percentage, including a win in his first NHL start the night the Pens opened Consol Energy Center.

PENGUINS
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Pascal Dupuis
Arron Asham - Craig Adams - Steve MacIntyre

Paul Martin - Simon Despres
Matt Niskanen - Brooks Orpik
Robert Bortuzzo - Alexandre Picard

Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal, with Brent Johnson backing him up. Johnson did not skate this morning, as coach Dan Bylsma said Johnson was sick, but Bylsma said he expects Johnson to be ready by game time.

MacIntyre has been on injured reserve since Nov. 30, but Bylsma said if the forward feels healthy, he'll be activated in time to play tonight. If MacIntyre and Park can't go, Bylsma said a forward will be recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Engelland sat out Monday's game with a lower-body injury but skated this morning, and Bylsma said if the blueliner feels up to it, he'll play. There was no indication of who would sit out if Engelland did play.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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