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OTF: MacDonald Injured, Changes & Laughton Assigned

Injuries, Transactions and lineup changes vs. Islanders

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

NOV. 3
5:30 p.m.

INJURIES & LINEUP CHANGES vs. ISLANDERS
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that defenseman Andrew MacDonald has a lower-body injury and will be out approximately one week.

MacDonald has appeared in 10 of the 11 games for the Flyers, recording three points (1g-2a) and averaging 18:52 ice-time so far this season. He also leads the team with 18 blocked shots.

In addition, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol announced a few lineup changes for tonight's game. Forward Michael Raffl has been activated off of IR and will be in tonight. Raffl has missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury suffered in the game at Chicago on Mar. 18. Prior to being injured he has one goal in three games this season.

With Raffl going in, Dale Weise will come out of the lineup.

"Raffl is a big body that's a straight line presence. He's going to go and do some of the dirty work in terms of puck possession and some of the down low work. Along with that, we need to go to the net and be around the blue paint," said Hakstol.

"In terms of Dale, it's tough to take him out of the lineup because he had the break with the suspension. We haven't been able to get him into a rhythm so he's not going to be out of our lineup I would think very often, but today we're just evaluating and it's an opportunity for Michael to go in and do some good things for our team."

Raffl will play the left side along with Giroux at center and Simmonds on the right.

NEUVIRTH STARTS

Hakstol also announced that goaltender Michal Neuvirth will get the start again today, going back-to-back after posting a 22-save win over Detroit last night.

"That's not the first thought," added Hakstol on whether he wanted to get the goaltenders into a rythm. "The thought process is to win games and Neuvy, I wouldn't say his last two 60-minute performances have been 100 percent clean, but they've been pretty good and he's made key saves at key times.

"He virtually went back-to-back in the Carolina game. He played two periods the night before in Pittsburgh and went in a did a good job and won a game for us [in Carolina}. So it's based on performance. He's done a good job and he gets the start tonight."

Puck drop is 7 p.m. in Brooklyn. You can catch the action on CSN or live on the radio at 97.5 The Fanatic.

11:17 a.m.

LAUGHTON ON CONDITIONING ASSIGNMENT
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that forward Scott Laughton has reported to the club's AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, on a conditioning loan.

Laughton, who started to skate with the team full time on Oct. 23, was injured during training camp with a lower-body injury, and on Oct. 6 it was announced that he was expected to miss 3-4 weeks of action.

Last season, the 22-year-old forward appeared in 71 regular season games with the Flyers recording seven goals and 21 points, while also appearing in three playoff games in the First Round series vs. Washington.

He has a total of 27 points (9g-18a) in 107 games played.

The Flyers take on the NY Islanders tonight in the second of games on back-to-back days (7 p.m. on CSN & 97.5 The Fanatic). For more on the game, here are 5 Things you need to know…

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