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OTF: Konecny Returns; lineup news vs. Caps

Get up-to-speed on news & notes revealed prior to tonight's game against the Capitals

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

With no morning skate due to the Georgetown-Villanova game at the Verizon Center, the Flyers held media availability before warmups in preparation for tonight's game.

KONECNY RETURNS: Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol confirmed that rookie forward Travis Konecny will make his return to the lineup after missing the last nine games with a lower-body injury.

Konecny had been skating for two weeks, the last few being full practices with team, and stated after Friday's practice that he feels 100 percent. Hakstol also mentioned that due to the nature of things, he will closely monitor the 19-year-olds ice time.

"He's ready to go. He wouldn't be in the lineup unless he's ready to go, but I like what the other groups did the other night and it's a solid group of forwards," said Hakstol on one of the factors in slotting him on a line with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Chris VandeVelde.

"It's good to be back," said Konecny before the game. "It's been a positive four weeks for me, working hard and putting putting a lot of effort into it. The trainers and staff have been working hard to get me back as soon as possible and it's exciting that I'm back."

 

MASON STARTS: Steve Mason will make his third consecutive start, earning back-to-back wins in the last two games where he has stopped 72 of 73 shots. 

Mason was in net for the only Flyers win over the Capitals this season, stopping 36 of 38 shots and three of four skaters in the shootout to earn a 3-2 win on Dec. 21. Lifetime, Mason owns a 9-6-2 mark against Washington with two shutouts and a 2.82 GAA and .904 save percentage.

Mason will be looking for his third straight win for the first time since winning eight in-a-row during the Flyers 10-game winning streak in December.

NOT "FLIP"ING LINES: Despite the lineup addition of Konecny, the newest member of the team, Vatteri Filppula will get a second straight game centering the line with Jakub Voracek and Brayden Schenn. 

The trio combined for the Flyers only goal in their first game together, the 2-1 shootout win vs. Florida, with Filppula scoring his first as a Flyer. They also combined for nine shots.

MANNING RETURNS: Brandon Manning will also be re-inserted into the lineup tonight at Washington. He returns after serving a two-name suspension by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his hit on forward Jake Guentzel of the Penguins in the Stadium Series game on Feb. 25.

Puck drop is slated for 7:30. You can catch the action on CSN or the Flyers Radio Network - 93.3 WMMR, 104.1 FM (Atlantic City, NJ), worldwide at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com and via the Flyers Mobile App, as well as online at csnphilly.com/flyersstream.

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