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OTF: Flyers recall Matt Read from Phantoms

Forward joins the team from Lehigh Valley

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

3:00 p.m. 

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have recalled forward Matt Read from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Read will be available for tonight's Flyers-Predators game at the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia and 97.5 The Fanatic).

With the Phantoms, Read has appeared in all five games recording one goal and a plus-1 rating with seven shots. During Flyers training camp, he also played in four preseason games for the Flyers, recording four shots on goal.

He was originally loaned to Lehigh Valley on Oct. 3, prior to the club sending in their 23-man roster to the NHL to begin the season. An injury to defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in the final preseason game had the Flyers keep eight defensemen for their travel to California for the season opening road trip. 

The move brings the Flyers roster 23 players with 14 forwards and seven defensemen as they prepare to take on Nashville in the third of their five-game homestand, which they are currently 2-0-0.

7:03 p.m.

WEAL OUT; LEHTERA MAKES FLYERS DEBUT

Forward considered day-to-day with upper-body injury

Following warmups, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that forward Jordan Weal will not be in the lineup due to an upper-body injury. He is considered day to day.

Weal will miss his first game of the season due to injury. He has a goal and three assists for four points and a plus-3 rating in the club's first six games playing alongside Valtteri Filppula and Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds is in tonight's lineup after the forward left the previous game in the third period.

With Weal out, Jori Lehtera will make his season and Flyers debut and is slotted in the lineup in Weal spot on the wing. Lehtera appeared in four games for the Flyers in the preseason recording a shorthanded goal and an assist for two points and a plus-1.

Earlier in the afternoon, forward Matt Read was recalled from the Phantoms. He participated in warmups, but is not in the lineup for the game.

Getting his second straight start in Michal Neuvirth, who stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 5-1 win over Florida on Tuesday. He is 1-1-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .956 save percentage in two appearances this season.

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