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OTF: Flyers recall G Alex Lyon from Phantoms

Brian Elliott considered day to day with lower-body injury

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have recalled goaltender Alex Lyon from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to GM Ron Hextall.
In addition, Hextall announced that goaltender Brian Elliott is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Following the morning skate Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol stated that Michal Neuvirth will get the start net tonight vs. Lightning. Lyon will be available, wear jersey #49, and serve as backup for Neuvirth.
This is Lyon's second recall to the Flyers this season. He was originally recalled on Dec. 6 and served as backup to Brian Elliott from Dec. 6-23, a span of nine games, but did not see action. He was loaned to the Phantoms on Dec. 27.
Lyon owns a 12-8-2 record to go along with a 3.02 goals-against average and .906 save percentage for Lehigh Valley, and since his return to the club on Dec. 27, he has posted a 4-2-1 mark with a 2.41 GAA and .929 save percentage.
Should Lyon get into tonight's game, it will mark his NHL debut. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on NBCSP or listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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OTF: Flyers recall Alt, loan Sanheim to Phantoms

Flyers make roster moves on defense before trip to Detroit

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have recalled defenseman Mark Alt and loaned defenseman Travis Sanheim to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
This is Alt's third recall to the Flyers as he rejoins the club after being loaned to Lehigh Valley on Dec. 30. He has appeared in eight games so far this season with the Flyers where he has five shots on goal, two penalty minutes and averaged 13:25 of ice time.
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Meltzer: Keys to a Successful Second Half

Five ways how the Flyers can push themselves into the postseason

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer /

Exiting a five-night bye week along with several other Metropolitan Division teams, the Flyers are currently two points out of a playoff position with 40 games remaining. A busy second-half slate of games get underway on Saturday, as the Flyers travel to Newark to meet head-to-head with the New Jersey Devils for the first time this season.

As the Flyers return to the ice in Voorhees on Friday to prepare for Saturday's game, here are five keys to success in the second half of the season.

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OTF: Flyers recall LW Tyrell Goulbourne from Phantoms

Forward taken in 2013 Draft available for Thursday's game vs. Islanders

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The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled left wing Tyrell Goulbourne from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Goulbourne will be available for Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders for what would be his NHL debut, wearing #56.

Goulbourne, 23 (1/26/1994), is in his third season with the Phantoms. The 6-0, 200-lb native of Edmonton has recorded six goals and five assists for 11 points in 34 games with the Phantoms this season, along with 38 PIM. In 131 career AHL games, Goulbourne has recorded 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points, along with 137 PIM.

Prior to turning pro, Goulbourne played four full seasons plus parts of two more with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. He accrued 60 goals and 65 assists for 125 points, along with 461 PIM, in 275 games for the Rockets. Goulbourne helped lead Kelowna to the 2014 WHL championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup final, where his club lost 2-1 in overtime to Oshawa.

Goulbourne was selected by the Flyers in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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OTF: Roster changes at Tampa

Manning, Lehtera return to the lineup against Lightning

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Prior to tonight's game against the Lightning at Tampa, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol announced a few lineup changes.
On the blueline, Brandon Manning will return to the lineup after missing 10 games with an upper-body injury being out since. Dec. 6. Through 22 games this season he has six points (3g-3a) to go along with 16 penalty minutes.
Coming out of the lineup is rookie Travis Sanheim. It will be his first missed game since Oct. 17. Overall this season, he has appeared in 34 of the Flyers' 37 games recording a goal and four assists for five points.
Up front, Jori Lehtera will be back in the lineup in favor of Taylor Leier.
One thing that will not change is the starting goaltender. Brian Elliott gets the call between the pipes again marking his 13th straight start and third straight time he has worked both ends of the back to back. In that stretch Elliott is 7-4-1 with a 2.08 GAA and .930 save percentage.
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OTF: Flyers recall D TJ Brennan and G Alex Lyon

Club also places Brandon Manning and Michal Neuvirth on Injured Reserve

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced the following transactions today, according to general manager Ron Hextall:

* Flyers place defenseman Brandon Manning and goaltender Michal Neuvirth on Injured Reserve. 

* The club has recalled defenseman TJ Brennan and goaltender Alex Lyon from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Both Brennan and Lyon will be available for tonight's game at Edmonton (9:30 pm ET: NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic). Brennan will wear #43 and Lyon will wear #49. Below are news & notes on each player.

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OTF: Gudas suspended 10 games by NHL

Department of Player Safety hands down verdict on Flyers defenseman

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The National Hockey League's department of player safety announced that they have suspended Flyers defenseman, Radko Gudas, for 10 games as a result of his penalty against Jets' forward Mathieu Perreault in the club's Nov. 16 game at Winnipeg.

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OTF: Weal out vs. Flames

Forward to miss matinee game at Wells Fargo Center with upper-body injury

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Prior to today's matinee game, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that forward Jordan Weal will not be in the lineup vs. Calgary due to an upper-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

This will be Weal's third missed game this season after being sidelined with an upper-body injury for back-to-back games on Oct. 19 & 21. Weal has two goals and four assists for six points in 17 games this season while averaging 13:49 of ice time.

Weal had primarily been on a line with Valtteri Filppula centering and Travis Konecny on the right side, but also appeared in one game as center with Wayne Simmonds and Dale Weise on either side in the Flyers 3-0 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.

For more on today's game, check out the 5 THINGS you need to know before puck drop.

Today's start time is officially listed at 1:08 p.m. and can be viewed on the NBC Sports Philadelphia and listened live on 97.5 The Fanatic.

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OTF: Patrick returns to lineup tonight vs. Jets

Rookie forward makes his return after missing nine games

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Following the team's morning skate in Winnipeg, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol announced that rookie forward Nolan Patrick is ready to go and will return to the lineup tonight at Winnipeg.

"He's handled things very well. He's got very good poise in all different situations and obviously being challenged with an injure early on isn't ideal, but again, it's another learning experience that a player has to handle and handle well."

This will be his first game action since leaving the Flyers-Ducks game on Oct. 24 with an upper-body injury that has caused him to miss nine games.

As for returning from injury, Patrick also noted that he's ready to go and won't have any hesitation to play his game. 

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POSTGAME 5: Snowed In

Flyers fight back to get a point, but Avalanche take 5-4 shootout win over Flyers

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The Flyers and Avs exchanged leads in a see-saw battle that went past regulation, but it was Mikko Rantanen's goal in the third attempt of a shootout that gave the Avalanche an extra point and a 5-4 win over the Flyers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Avs got out to a 1-0 lead by scoring with just 1.2 seconds left in the first period on a face-off while on the power play, but the Flyers countered with two straight goals six minutes into the second for a 2-1 lead.

Colorado answered with two consecutive goals of their own to grab the lead back, including a shorthanded tally to tie it at 2-2, but Jakub Voracek batted in a puck at a sharp angle just inside the post to tie it at 3-3. The teams traded goals yet again with Nail Yakupov regaining the lead for Colorado and Dale Weise scoring his second of the year to tie it up for a fourth and final time in this one.

The two teams combined for 11 shots in the five minute, 3-on-3 overtime with both goaltenders up to the challenge. Michal Neuvirth finished the game with 23 total saves, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots, including 2 of 3 skaters in the shootout to preserve the win.

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