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OTF: Weal out; Weise in + lineup changes

Checking in on news to come out of the morning skate in preparation for Flyers-Penguins

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

JORDAN WEAL INJURED: During the morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that forward Jordan Weal has a lower-body injury and will not be in the lineup tonight as the Flyers face off against the Penguins.

He is considered day to day with the LBI.

Weal has been one of the hottest Flyers as of late, appearing on the left side on the top line with Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds. 

He has recorded all four of his NHL points in the last six games, including three goals and even going 1-for-1 with a shootout goal in the Flyers 2-1 win over the Panthers on Mar. 2.

WEISE BACK IN: With Weal being sidelined, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol announced that forward Dale Weise will be in the lineup tonight. It will be Weise's first action since Feb. 28 vs. Colorado after missing the last six games. 

"I guess you have a different mindset every time you come back in. First couple times, it's frustrating. You have a chip on your shoulders, you come back and you're motivated," said Weise after the skate. "Like I said, every time I come back in I have a positive attitude. I've mentally reset and I just kind of go from there."

Without getting into specifics, Hakstol did note that Weise will not be inserted into Weal's position alongside Giroux and Simmonds. He sees Weise in a different role for tonight's game.

"He brings a couple different things," added Hakstol. "He brings a little bit of speed and pace to our lineup. We need a real good, tenacious, two-way game out of him tonight."

EXPECTED STARTERS: First off the ice at the skate was Steve Mason, which is usually the indicator that he will get the call between the pipes tonight. Mason is 7-5-1 with a 2.69 GAA and .919 save percentage against the Pens.

On the other side, Matt Murray will get the start in net for Pittsburgh. Murray has a majority of the wins for the Pens this season, posting a 26-8-3 record.

This will be Murray's third time facing the Flyers in his career. He has won both contests, including the Stadium Series victory this year where he stopped 36 of 38 shots to earn a 4-2 win.

DELAYED ARRIVAL: Due to the inclement weather, the Penguins flew home to Pittsburgh yesterday instead of Philadelphia to complete their road trip. They arrived early this morning and took to the ice for their morning skate.

Former Flyer, Mark Streit, was on the ice for Pittsburgh's skate, but no word on whether he'll be in the lineup. If he does return, it will be his first game playing against the Flyers in nearly four years, April 25, 2013, as a member of the Islanders in a 2-1 loss where he logged 25:50 of ice time.

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