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Flyers' Voracek returns to lineup

Forward to face Penguins after missing nine games with lower-body injury

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek returned to the lineup Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Voracek had missed the previous nine games because of a lower-body injury sustained Feb. 25 against the Minnesota Wild.

During pregame warmups he was at left wing on a line with center Nick Cousins and right wing Matt Read. Scott Laughton, who had been in that spot, moved to left wing on the fourth line with center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and right wing Ryan White.

Chris VandeVelde, who had played left wing on the fourth line, served the first game of a two-game suspension handed down Friday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for an elbowing incident with Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews during a game Wednesday.

In 60 games Voracek is second on the Flyers with 38 assists and tied for third with 48 points. But without him they went 7-1-1 and entered Saturday one point behind the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference, and four points behind the Penguins for the first wild card.

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