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Injuries, Goalies and more to come out of each team's morning skate

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The Flyers held an optional morning skate at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Thursday in advance of hosting the Los Angeles Kings at the Wells Fargo Center. Here are some notes and news from the morning:

* Anthony Stolarz will get the nod in goal for the Flyers. He last played on Jan. 29, blanking the New York Rangers on 38 shots in a 1-0 victory for Philadelphia. 

* Robert Hägg participated in the morning skate after taking a maintenance day on Wednesday. He is good to go for this game.

* The Flyers have gone 7-for-10 on the power play over their last three games. One of the successful adjustments that has been made recently has been the decision to place Sean Couturier on the second unit. Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon said that Couturier's good attitude about the move, in part because he enjoys playing a netfront role, has made it a smooth transition. Couturier has scored a pair of goals with the second unit.

GORDON: "We talked in Boston before we made the change and I just told him what my thoughts were and he was really good about it. I think actually he likes playing the net front, so that was an opportunity for him to be with that unit and be in that position and he's done a really good job on it."

* Jori Lehterä cleared waivers at noon on Thursday and has been loaned to the club's AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley. At the moment, the Flyers don't have an extra forward, but Gordon noted that if any injuries occurred, the Phantoms are in close proximity to recall a player at any moment.

FLYERS LINE PLAY (subject to change)

25 James van Riemsdyk - 28 Claude Giroux - 11 Travis Konecny

23 Oskar Lindblom - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek

21 Scott Laughton - 19 Nolan Patrick -17 Wayne Simmonds

44 Phil Varone - 20 Mikhail Vorobyev - 12 Michael Raffl


9 Ivan Provorov - 6 Travis Sanheim

8 Robert Hägg - 3 Radko Gudas

47 Andrew MacDonald - 53 Shayne Gostisbehere


41 Anthony Stolarz

[79 Carter Hart]


BEHIND ENEMY LINES (Quote Courtesy: LAKings Insider)

The Kings will be playing for the fourth time in six nights and for the third time in four nights, but held a morning skate nonetheless. Below are some notes to come out of their session:

* Veteran netminder Jonathan Quick will get the start in goal for LA.

* Veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf will be a healthy scratch for interim head coach Willie Desjardins' club.... Former Flyers forward Jeff Carter missed Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, and is unavailable for this contest. 

* The Kings penalty kill (8-for-8) will meet the Flyers hot power play (7-for-10). Kings coach Willie Desjardins talked about what has been the difference as of late:

DESJARDINS: "The guys are committed to it, too. You have to find ways. We've got different personnel on the back end now on the kill, and other guys have stepped up. A lot of times your goaltender is your best penalty killer, and our goaltenders have been good."

KINGS LINE PLAY (subject to change)

19 Alex Iafallo - 11 Anze Kopitar - 23 Dustin Brown

14 Brendan Leipsic - 44 Nate Thompson - 73 Tyler Toffoli

17 Ilya Kovalchuk - 9 Adrian Kempe - 62 Carl Hagelin

13 Kyle Clifford - 10 Mike Amadio - 51 Austin Wagner


24 Derek Forbort - 8 Drew Doughty

27 Alec Martinez - 61 Sean Walker

7 Oscar Fantenberg - 2 Paul Ladue


32 Jonathan Quick

[36 Jack Campbell]

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