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Practice Update: End on a good note

Flyers look to end road trip on good footing and climb back into playoff picture

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After back to back games in Alberta didn't go the way the Flyers wanted them to, the task remains to forget and move on because an opportunity to salvage two points is crucial as the Flyers take on the Canucks on Sunday.

"It's huge. We didn't get the results in the last two games and we didn't play bad in any way, but we just didn't get any points so it's even more important that we have a really good game and get those two points," added Mark Streit.

Rarely have the Flyers dropped three straight games in regulation. It's happened just twice this year and on each occasion, it has spanned over a long break. The Flyers dropped two games before the Christmas holiday, then five days off, and dropped the first game afterwards. The same scenario occurred with the Flyers dropping the first two games heading into the five-day bye week break in January and dropping the first game back.

The difference between those and their current three-day break, is the practice time they are able to get in.

"I think it's great to get some rest here after a back-to-back with travel in between," added Streit. "Yesterday was a time to get away a little bit from hockey and get rest. I felt like today was a really good practice. Everybody was focused and concentrated and was really sharp, so we needed that good practice to be ready to go [Sunday]."

While the Flyers wait to take on the Canucks, Vancouver will have it's hands full with a division rivalry tonight as they take on the visiting Calgary Flames.

It will mark one of the rare times, the fifth time this season, that the Flyers will be playing an opponent who is entering the second of games on back to back nights, while they are not.

The Canucks are 5-7-0 in the second of back-to-backs, but only twice with the second game coming on home ice (1-1-0).

It was announced earlier in the morning that forward Jordan Weal will miss Sunday's game against the Canucks with an upper-body injury. Flyers GM Ron Hextall added that Weal will be examined when the club returns home.

Weal was injured near the end of the first period at Edmonton, playing just seven minutes.

"He added something every game," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol of Weal. "It was only two games and a period but he added a dynamic element. He had the puck quite a bit and he looked like we had hoped - a player who was playing very confidently and at the top of his game and I didn't think any of that was lost in the transition from Lehigh to our team."

With Weal out, the roster opens for Dale Weise to be inserted into the lineup, who had been scratched for the first two games of the trip.

"He's got a great opportunity to go in tomorrow and to step in and help our team," added Hakstol. "I'm sure he's ready and prepared to do that and like I said, sometimes its all about the timing of an opportunity and then taking advantage of that opportunity."

Weise spoke to the media following the practice...Video: Dale Weise on being back in the lineup

Puck drop is 10 p.m. on the east coast with the game being broadcast on CSN or listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic

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