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About the Flyers - 04-09-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flyers.

When and where: 3:30 p.m., EDT, CoreStates CenterFirst Union CenterWachovia Center Wells Fargo Center.

TV: NBC, Sportsnet One.

Record: 39-27-14, 92 points. The Flyers are in fifth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Center Claude Giroux (right), 66 points (22  goals, 44 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 overtime home loss Thursday. Goaltender Steve Mason made 22 saves for the Flyers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-2 road loss April 3. Mason made 33 saves for the Flyers.

Flyers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Right winger Jakub Voracek. He has three points in three games against the Penguins this season.

Ex-Penguins on the Flyers: Assistant coach Joe Mullen, amateur scout Simon Nolet, player development coach Kjell Samuelsson.

Ex-Flyers on the Penguins: Player development coach Mark Recchi, assistant coach Rick Tocchet.

Useless Flyers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The Penguins (3-0-0) could sweep a regular season series against the Flyers for the second time. Previously, they swept the 2006-07 series, 8-0-0.

The last time the Penguins played the Flyers, this happened: 

-This too:

Probable goaltenders: Matt Murray (9-2-1, 2.05 GAA, .927 SV%) for the Penguins. Steve Mason (22-19-10, 2.54 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Flyers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Beau Bennett (right shoulder) is questionable. Center Sidney Crosby (undisclosed), goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), defenseman Olli Maatta ("lower body") and right winger Bryan Rust ("lower body") are out. Centers Evgeni Malkin ("upper body"), Kevin Porter (right ankle), right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clots) and left winger Scott Wilson (right ankle/foot) are on injured reserve. For the Flyers, defenseman Michael Del Zotto (wrist) is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: Neither team had a morning skate. The Penguins are not expected to dress a full lineup today. Consider this a complete guess at their lines and pairings:  

62  Carl Hagelin13  Nick Bonino - 81  Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 7 Matt Cullen - 16 Eric Fehr

14
 Chris Kunitz - 22 Kael Mouillierat - 72 Patric Hornqvist

43 Conor Sheary - 40 Oskar Sundqvist - 47 Tom Sestito

51 Derrick Pouliot - Trevor Daley
Brian Dumoulin - 12 Ben Lovejoy
28 Ian Cole - 4 Justin Schultz

-The Penguins announced their lines and pairings as:

 

62 Carl Hagelin - 13 Nick Bonino - 81 Phil Kessel
14 Chris Kunitz - 40 Oskar Sundqvist - 72 Patric Hornqvist
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 7 Matt Cullen - 16 Eric Fehr
47 Tom Sestito -   22 Kael Mouillierat -  43 Conor Sheary

 Brian Dumoulin - Trevor Daley
51 Derrick Pouliot - 12 Ben Lovejoy
28 Ian Cole - 4 Justin Schultz

 

-The Flyers' expected lines and pairings are:

93 Jake Voracek - 28 Claude Giroux - 17 Wayne Simmonds
10 Brayden Schenn - 14 Sean Couturier - 89 Sam Gagner
21 Scott Laughton - 12 Michael Raffl - 24 Matt Read
76 Chris VandeVelde - 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 25 Ryan White

47 Andrew MacDonald - 53-Shayne Gostisbehere
55 Nick Schultz - 32 Mark Streit
23 Brandon Manning - 3 Radko Gudas

Notes:

-The Penguins recalled left winger Kael Mouillierat from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

-Right wingers Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel, center Matt Cullen and defenseman Trevor Daley are expected to play in their 82nd games of the season.

-The Penguins have an eight-game winning streak.

-The Penguins have nothing to gain or lose in regards to the standings.

-The Penguins' power play has gone 10 for 70 (14.2 percent) in games with Malkin out of the lineup this season. With Malkin, they have gone 38 for 189 (20.1 percent).

-The Flyers are still trying to clinch a playoff berth

-The referees are (No. 24) Graham Skilliter and (No. 27) Eric Furlatt. The linesmen are (No. 89) Steve Miller and (No. 75) Derek Amell.

(Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

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VIDEO: Pat Narduzzi, Chris Blewitt, Manny Stocker

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Head coach Pat Narduzzi:

Kicker Chris Blewitt:

Quarterback Manny Stocker:

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Empty Netter Assists - Penguins recall Mouillierat - 04-09-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins recalled left winger Kael Mouillierat from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Mouillierat, 28, has played in 64 AHL games this season and has 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists). 

-EN Says: We would expect the Penguins to rest center Sidney Crosby today. Hence this recall. Mouillierat is a career AHL top-six forward. 

-With nothing to gain with today's game in Philadelphia, head coach Mike Sullivan is being mum on what kind of lineup he'll dress

-The Penguins can sweep the regular season series against the Flyers and damage their playoff hopes

-Center Matt Cullen has picked up some of the slack in the absence of center Evgeni Malkin.

-The Penguins are slowly transitioning to their old black and yellow look

-Sullivan speaks:

-Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 18 saves for the WIlkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 loss to the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms Friday.

-Center Dustin Jeffrey, goaltender Matt Murray and defenseman Will O'Neill were named to the AHL' second All-Star team.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are still trying to clinch a playoff berth.

-Defenseman Clark Seymour had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers who officially clinched a playoff berth with a 4-3 win against the Reading Royals. Goaltender Casey DeSmith was credited with the win after making seven saves.

-Happy 79th birthday to former Penguins right winger Wayne Hicks. Acquired midway through the 1967-68 season in a deal which sent center Art Stratton to the Flyers, Hicks appeared in 15 games for the Penguins and scored 11 points. After that season, Hicks, one of 12 NHL players born in the state of Washington, spent the rest of his professional career in the AHL and WHL. He is the father of former Penguins left winger Alex Hicks.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former all-star Penguins right winger and current assistant coach Rick Tocchet (right). Acquired midway through the 1991-92 season along with defenseman Kjell Samuelsson, goaltender Ken Wregget and a draft pick in exchange for right winger Mark Recchi, defenseman Brian Benning and a draft pick, Tocchet became one of the most popular players in franchise history despite only spending parts of three seasons in Pittsburgh. Tocchet finished 1991-92 by appearing in 19 games and scoring 30 points. Tocchet saw action in 14 postseason games that spring and scored 19 points while helping the franchise win its second Stanley Cup championship. In 1992-93, Tocchet played in 80 games and scored 109 points - one of four 100-point scorers for the team that season - and led the team with 252 penalty minutes while helping the franchise earn its only Presidents' Trophy. He was also selected to the final all-star game of his career. Tocchet saw action in 12 postseason games that spring and scored 13 points. During 1993-94, Tocchet was limited to 51 games and 40 points. He played in six postseason games that spring and scored five points. In the 1994 offseason, Tocchet and a draft pick were traded to the Kings in exchange for left winger Luc Robitaille. In 150 regular season games with the Penguins, Tocchet, the first player in franchise history to wear No. 92, scored 179 points, 43rd-most in franchise history. In 32 postseason games, Tocchet scored 37 points. He was hired as an assistant in 2014.

-Happy 36th birthday to former Penguins left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky. Acquired at the 2010 trade deadline in a deal which sent left winger Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula to the Maple Leafs, Ponikarovsky's Penguins career amounted to 16 games and nine points in 2010-11. In 11 postseason games, he scored five points. During the 2010 offseason, Ponikarovsky joined the Kings as a free agent.

-After the Jump: Jimmy Vesey wins the Hobey Baker Award.

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Springsteen statement on North Carolina cancellation

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

BruceSpringsteen01Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette photoBruce Springsteen is hearing it from both sides on social media Friday about his cancellation of a North Carolina concert on Sunday night over the passing of the state's anti-LGBT law.

 

As his full statement notes, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act goes beyond being "a bathroom law" and extends to the rights of LGBT people in the workplace.

 

Here's what he posted:

 

"As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2—known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act—dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."

Most of the tweets are in support of his decision. Others are concerned about who all is in the bathroom. You do have to feel a little sorry for the N.C. fans who are missing a pretty great tour.

 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Capitals - 04-08-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

 

-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “That’s a long way from the position we were in a bit ago." - Captain/center Sidney Crosby on clinching second place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

-The Associated Press' recap. "That's good preparation for the playoffs because nobody's going to go away no matter what the lead is. For us it was good for us to see that, it was good for us to experience it." - Center Matt Cullen on surrendering a three-goal lead. 

-The Washington Post's recap. “The work ethic wasn’t there, the execution — nothing was. I don’t even know how we got that to overtime." - Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Goaltender Matt Murray was all over this puck:

-Crosby was focused for this faceoff against Capitals center Jay Beagle:

-Holtby was all over this puck:

-Left winger Conor Sheary returned to the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game in Ottawa due to an eye injury.

-Today would have been the 57th birthday of former Penguins defenseman Arto Javanainen. A second-round pick of the club in 1984, Javanainen was the first European draft pick in franchise history. A native of Finland, his NHL career amounted to 14 games with the Penguins and five points in 1984-85. After spending most of that season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Baltimore, Javanainen returned to his native Finland. He died Jan. 25, 2011 at the age of 51.

-After the Jump: Another win and another injury for the Islanders.

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