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Flyers could be without Simmonds vs. Capitals

Philadelphia forward received match penalty on Saturday

by Sean McCullen @McBrooklyn77 / Staff Writer

FLYERS (23-18-9) at CAPITALS (37-9-4)

TV: 12 p.m. ET, NBC

Season series: The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals split their first two games. Jakub Voracek scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in Philadelphia's 4-3 victory at Verizon Center on Jan. 27. Jason Chimera had two goals and an assist to lift Washington to a 5-2 win at Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 12.

Flyers team scope: Philadelphia's three-game winning streak ended in a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. The Flyers could be without forward Wayne Simmonds, who received a match penalty and game misconduct in the first period after he punched Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the head. A match penalty is automatically reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety for potential suspension. Simmonds had six goals in the previous four games entering Saturday. Goalie Steve Mason, who has been bothered by a lower-body injury in recent weeks, could make his second start in as many days after he had 26 saves against New York. "The nice thing about hockey is you can get right back out tomorrow and you can put it behind you pretty quickly," Mason said. "We'll have a train ride to Washington and be ready for another tough test." Backup goalie Anthony Stolarz, 22, called up from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Tuesday because of Michal Neuvirth's lower-body injury, has never played in an NHL game.

Capitals team scope: Washington has won two in a row following a 3-2 shootout victory at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Forward Paul Carey, recalled from Hershey of the AHL on Friday, scored his first NHL goal in his 25th game, third with the Capitals, to tie it 2-2 late in the third period. "It's a great feeling; it took me a while to get that first one, but I couldn't ask to do it with a better group of guys," said Carey, 27, who played his first 22 games in the League with the Colorado Avalanche. Backup goalie Philipp Grubauer could make his 10th start after Braden Holtby had 22 saves against New Jersey. Grubauer is 5-4-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. Andre Burakovsky has a five-game goal streak and a six-game point streak after scoring in the second period Saturday.

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