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At the Rink: Sharks at Flyers

by Adam Kimelman

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers' injury list will be a bit longer Saturday when they play the San Jose Sharks (1 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, CSN-PH).

The Flyers will be without defensemen Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo, who have the flu. They also are missing Luke Schenn because of a lower-body injury and Andrew MacDonald, who sustained a season-ending upper-body injury Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flyers recalled defensemen Mark Alt and Oliver Lauridsen from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions Saturday.

Alt will make his NHL debut; he had one goal and six assists in 33 AHL games. Lauridsen will play his first NHL game since the 2012-13 season. He was called up earlier this season but did not get into a game.

The Flyers also recalled forward Jason Akeson. He started the season in the NHL but the Flyers sent him to the AHL after he had no points and seven shots on goal in 12 games. In 46 AHL games he has 20 goals and 42 points.

In addition to the injured defensemen, the Flyers also are missing forward Wayne Simmonds, who sustained a season-ending lower-body injury Wednesday against the Blackhawks.

Steve Mason is expect to start in goal for the Flyers, with Alex Stalock set to start in goal for the Sharks.

Here are the projected lineups:


Melker Karlsson - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tomas Hertl

Matt Nieto - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels

Daniil Tarasov - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Mirco Mueller - Brenden Dillon

Scott Hannan - Brent Burns

Alex Stalock

Antti Niemi

Scratched: John Scott, Matt Irwin

Injured: Raffi Torres (knee), Mirco Mueller (hand), Mike Brown (leg)


Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Brayden Schenn

Zac Rinaldo - Nick Cousins - Ryan White

Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Vincent Lecavalier

Michael Del Zotto - Nick Schultz

Nicklas Grossmann - Brandon Manning

Oliver Lauridsen - Mark Alt

Steve Mason

Ray Emery

Scratched: Jason Akeson

Injured: Andrew MacDonald (upper body), Wayne Simmonds (lower body), Luke Schenn (lower body), Mark Streit (flu), Carlo Colaiacovo (flu)

Status report: Mueller injured his left hand blocking a shot Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings. Coach Todd McLellan said Mueller won't play Saturday, or Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and there is no timetable for his return. ... Lecavalier had been a healthy scratch the past three games.

Who's hot: Pavelski has three goals and two assists in his past six games. ... Voracek has seven points in six games and has 74 points this season, one point behind the Penguins' Sidney Crosby for the League lead.

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