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The Philadelphia Flyers will face former coach Peter Laviolette's Nashville Predators for the first time on Saturday.

Laviolette and the Predators have excelled this season with a 22-9-2 record. Meanwhile, Laviolette's replacement in Philadelphia, Craig Berube was able to help the Flyers squeeze into the playoffs last season, but is squad is only 14-14-6 in 2014-15. "Lavy has been very successful over there," said Flyers captain Claude Giroux. "He's a great coach and I think this is going to be a good game." It's one the Flyers could certainly use two points from as they look to build upon their three-game winning streak.
Dec 26 - 10:53 AM

Zac Rinaldo (upper body) participated in Tuesday's morning skate.

Rinaldo sustained the ailment during Saturday's contest. He's not expected to miss much time, but there's no specific timetable for his return.
Dec 25 - 7:12 AM

Sean Couturier found the back of the net in a 5-2 victory on Tuesday.

Couturier has managed to get a goal in four of his last seven games. That brings him up to nine goals and 18 points in 34 contests this season.
Dec 24 - 6:26 AM

Vincent Lecavalier found the back of the net in Philadelphia's 5-2 win over Minnesota.

Lecavalier also had two goals on Sunday, but we're still skeptical about his potential for the rest of the season. While his recent offensive outburst certainly helps, the big question is if it has been enough to win over coach Craig Berube. Lecavalier only logged 12:56 minutes on Tuesday and just 10:40 minutes in his two-goal game. Until his ice time goes up significantly, it will be hard to bet on him enjoying sustained success.
Dec 24 - 6:24 AM

Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek registered a pair of assists in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Minnesota and extended his leads in the NHL's scoring race.

Voracek has now recorded 46 points on the year, which puts him four clear of Tyler Sequin, who was shut out by the Maple Leafs on this night. It's hard to imagine he'll be able to keep up his current pace, but he has likely already delivered enough production for his fantasy owners to turn a profit. Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Vincent Lecavalier and Michael Raffl were the goal scorers for Philadelphia in the victory.

Ray Emery won his third straight decision Tuesday when he stopped 22 of 24 shots to earn a 5-2 win over the Wild.

Its no secret that he has struggled mightily this season, sometimes even in a winning effort, but perhaps Emery can build some momentum after posting three straight victories. Its unclear how long Steve Mason will be sidelined with his upper-body ailment, but Emery figures to get most of the playing time in his absence.
Dec 23 - 11:34 PM

Ray Emery will be between the pipes for Philadelphia on Tuesday against Minnesota.

He has won his past two starts, but looked shaky in a 7-4 win over Toronto on Saturday. Emery owns a 6-4-1 record with an .894 save percentage and a 3.13 goals-against average in 12 games this season. He's filling in while Steve Mason recovers from an upper-body injury.
Dec 23 - 1:39 PM

Steve Mason's outlook from his upper-body injury is positive.

He isn't expected to be out of action for long and could be back in the crease as early as Monday night against Arizona. GM Ron Hextall said Mason won't play Saturday in Nashville, but he will travel with the team. "He'll start off slowly on the trip and progress," Hextall said. "The timeline is that hopefully he skates in Nashville, and we'll go from there and see how it feels."
Dec 23 - 1:36 PM

Jakub Voracek was chosen as the second star of the week for the period ending Dec. 21.

The NHL's leading scorer registered three goals and seven points in four games for the Flyers. Voracek has amassed 44 points in 33 games this campaign and he's on pace to shatter his previous career highs (23 goals and 39 assists), which were established last year. Voracek has been held scoreless in just seven outings.
Dec 22 - 6:44 PM

It's viewed as unlikely that Steve Mason (upper body) will be ready for Tuesday's match against Minnesota.

The Flyers have not provided a timetable for his return and Mason's scheduled visit with a doctor on Monday had to be changed for an unknown reason. Therefore, there was no update on the netminder's status. "I'm optimistic it won't be long," GM Ron Hextall said Saturday. "Until you get the information, you don't know for sure. I don't anticipate it being a long time but it could change."
Dec 22 - 5:24 PM

Michael Del Zotto isn't happy about his recent lack of playing time.

He has been scratched eighth times in 10 games during the month of December. "Honestly, I don't know what to think. I really don't," Del Zotto said. "Obviously, you're not happy with one game, let alone [six]. So I'm not happy with it. In San Jose [on Dec. 2] I was shocked, disappointed, frustrated, all of those things. All of the above. At first, you get really frustrated and upset, but at the end of the day you have no control over what's going on." In 24 games this year, he has eight points and he's averaged 20:22 of ice time, but coach Craig Berube feels the defenseman's game has "dropped off."
Dec 22 - 5:18 PM

Claude Giroux had an assist in a 4-3 overtime win against Winnipeg on Sunday.

Giroux now has 10 goals and 40 points in 33 games this season. That's good enough for third place in the NHL scoring race, behind only Tyler Seguin (42 points) and teammate Jakub Voracek (44).
Dec 22 - 9:06 AM

Vincent Lecavalier scored twice in Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime victory on Sunday.

"To get one, it gets the confidence up and your next shift out there, you kind of feel better and see your vision is better," Lecavalier said. It will be interesting to see if coach Craig Berube rewards him with a bigger role in the Flyers' upcoming games. Lecavalier has been a healthy scratch six times this season and hasn't played much even when he is in the lineup. He has four goals and eight points in 19 games this season.
Dec 22 - 9:04 AM

Rob Zepp made 25 saves on 28 shots in Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime win over Winnipeg.

The win was the first of his NHL career. Zepp made a big save on Jets' forward Mark Scheifele with the Flyers' trailing 3-1 in the second period. Philadelphia eventually scored three unanswered goals in the third period and overtime to win the game. Zepp is an interesting story. The 33-year-old is a nine-year veteran in Europe (Finland and Germany) but had never played a game at the NHL level before tonight. He will probably serve as Ray Emery's backup while Steve Mason (back) is out.
Dec 21 - 11:56 PM

Jakub Voracek scored two goals in Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime win over Winnipeg

Voracek opened the scoring in the first period and scored the overtime winner. The 25-year-old's dream season continues. No one could have seen this kind of offensive production coming from Voracek this season. He has 14 goals and 44 points in 33 games this season. Mark Streit and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Flyers.
Dec 21 - 11:44 PM

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