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OTF: Neuvirth Back In, MacDonald Out

News, Notes & Quotes to come out of the morning skate in Vancouver

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Some news & notes to come out of the morning skate at Rogers Arena prior to tonight's game:

CANUCKS REST & RESET
- The Canucks had just a handful of players participate in their morning skate due to it being the second of back-to-backs.

Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins did confirm that Ryan Miller will get the start against the Flyers. It will be the second straight start for Miller, who stopped 35 of 36 shots in last night's 2-1 overtime win over the Flames.

NEUVIRTH AGAIN
- For the fourth straight game, Michal Neuvirth will get the start in net for the Flyers. He hopes to rebound after allowing six goals in a loss to the Oilers in Edmonton, but prior to that had been on a roll, allowing just two goals or less in his last six games.

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OTF: Weal Injured at Edmonton

Weal leaves game vs. Oilers with upper-body injury

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Following the second period, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that forward Jordan Weal has an upper-body injury and will not return to tonight's Flyers-Oilers game at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Weal appeared in 10 shifts and logged 6:31 of ice-time through parts of the first two periods before leaving the game.

Prior to the game, Weal appeared in two contests for the Flyers, going scoreless and averaging 14:08 of ice time and seven shots on goal.

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OTF: Lyubimov re-enters the lineup

News & Notes from the morning skate in Calgary

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Following the Flyers morning skate at the Saddledome in Calgary, there was one change to the lineup to come out of the media sessions. Forward Roman Lyubimov will re-enter the lineup after sitting out the last game vs. San Jose.

Lyubimov was taking part in line rushes at the skate alongside Chris VandeVelde and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, a duo that he has been quite familiar with and playing with most of the season when he has been in the lineup. Coming out will be forward Dale Weise.

"It's a good opportunity for him to go in there and we know that line will be a good, reliable line here on the road," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol on Lyubimov.

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OTF: Jordan Weal recalled, new line combinations

Leading Phantoms scorer receives first recall to the Flyers

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UPDATED (2:35 p.m.): Jordan Weal took part in his first practice session today playing alongside Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek, who both add size. Now with the addition of Weal, speed and playmaking is something we could see plenty of from this new line combination tomorrow vs. San Jose.

"Hockey is hockey. You just have to go out there and play," added Weal who moved to the wing after playing center in Lehigh Valley. "I get to play with some great players so I gotta go out there and work with them and move the puck and create some offense," added Weal.

Unlike last season, Weal has seen a good amount of game action, rather than being an extra forward seeing limited ice time when he arrived midseason last year. That game action has helped his game grow and got him into more of a rhythm. 

His new line mates notice the difference as well. "He's a fast player. A smart, fast player that has a lot of skill, so obviously he can bring a lot to the lineup." said Voracek.

For more reaction and highlights of Weal, including head coach Dave Hakstol's thoughts at practice, watch below…

Video: Hear from new linemates Weal, Couturier and Voracek

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OTF: Travis Konecny out 4-6 weeks

Flyers rookie forward sidelined with lower body injury

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Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced this afternoon that forward Travis Konecny will be out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.

Konecny was injured in Monday's loss vs. St. Louis, appearing in 8:13 of ice time on 10 shifts through the first two periods, recording one shot on goal and blocking two shots.

The 19-year-old rookie has posted seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points, which is tied for fifth on the team in scoring, while averaging 14:36 of ice time through 51 games.

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OTF: Streit Returns, Lineup Changes

Forward Matt Read day-to-day, while defenseman Mark Streit returns

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JAN. 14
1:09 p.m.

STREIT RETURNS, LINEUP CHANGES
Just prior to warmups, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that the club has loaned center Boyd Gordon to their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and activated defenseman Mark Streit from injured reserve.

Streit returns to the lineup after missing the last 13 games with his last appearance coming on Dec. 11 at Detroit. In 31 games, Streit has five goals and 16 points, including six points on the power play (1ppg-5ppa) this season, his fourth with the Flyers.

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OTF: Lineup Changes at San Jose

Konecny out; Raffl, Gordon in as Flyers tweak lineup in San Jose

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DEC. 30
1:38 p.m. PT

LINEUP CHANGES
Following the team's morning skate, some lineup changes came out for tonight's Flyers-Sharks game at San Jose.

At the forefront, forward Michael Raffl will be in the lineup, returning from his lower-body injury he suffered at New Jersey prior to the holiday break. As will forward Boyd Gordon, who did not play the last three games and six of the last seven.

Rookie forward Travis Konecny will be out of the lineup tonight for the first time this season. Konecny has appeared in all 37 games for the Flyers, recording 18 points (4g-14a) in that stretch, which is tied for seventh among all rookies in the NHL. His 18 points are also fifth on the Flyers in scoring, while his 14 assists are tied for third.

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OTF: Couturier to play vs. Blues

Flyers get a boost with forward's return plus other lineup changes to start road trip

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DEC. 28
2:40 p.m.

COUTURIER RETURNS
Following the team's morning skate it was revealed that forward Sean Couturier will be in actiontonight as the team takes on the Blues in St. Louis to begin their annual post-holiday road trip.

Couturier has missed the last 16 games due to a lower-body injury, after leaving the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Panthers at Florida on Nov. 22. The 16 straight games missed is the longest stretch of consecutive games missed due to injury in his six-year career.

"I'm feeling pretty good. It feels good to get back from the break and get a good skate in this morning," said Couturier, who noted that timing would be the biggest adjustment to returning. 

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OTF: Raffl Injured vs. Devils

Forward suffers lower-body injury, out 1-2 weeks

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Prior to the start of the third period, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that forward Michael Raffl sustained a lower-body injury and would not return to the game in Newark vs. Devils.

Hextall also stated that Raffl would be out approximately 1-2 weeks.

He appeared in just 4:25 of ice-time, recording two shots on goal and two penalty minutes. Before entering tonight's game, Raffl recorded nine points and ranked fifth on the team with seven goals despite missing nine games due to injury this season. He also leads the team with a plus-minus rating of +4.

All seven of Raffl's goals have come at even strength, which is tied for second on the team, while 46 of his 50 goals in his NHL career have come at even strength.

In his fourth season with the club, Raffl has posted 50 goals and 40 assists for 90 points in 243 regular season games to go along with a +21 rating.

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OTF: Streit out two weeks

Flyers defenseman Mark Streit out with upper-body injury

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DEC. 12
7:40 p.m.

STREIT OUT 2 WEEKS
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that defenseman Mark Streit will be out two weeks with an upper-body injury.

Streit leads the Flyers defense in goals (5) and is tied on the team's defense in points (16) with Shayne Gostisbehere, who missed Sunday's game at Detroit with an upper-body injury.

Streit has averaged nearly 20 minutes per game at 19:52, including 2:23 on the team's power play. He is one of two Flyers defensemen to appear in all 31 games so far for the Flyers (Ivan Provorov). 

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