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Game 48 Preview: Nashville Predators @ Philadelphia Flyers

Nashville Predators (20-21-7) @ Philadelphia Flyers (24-19-4), 7:00pm, CSN-Philly/FS-TN After missing the last two games due to being a healthy scratch, Steve Downie is back in the lineup as the Philadelphia Flyers host the Nashville Predators tonight. Whether Crag Berube’s decision to bench the forward will help his value to the team or not will be seen tonight, as Downie is expected to be on the fourth line with Chris VandeVelde and Adam Hall. Downie had little impact in the Flyers’ 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, as he was called for two minor penalties and posted …

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Game 47 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres

Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-4) @ Buffalo Sabres (13-26-5), 7:30pm, NBCSN/CSN-Philly/TSN After a pair of rough contests over the weekend, the Philadelphia Flyers are hoping that they’ll be able to rebound tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. Tonight should equate to a win for the Orange and Black, but a loss could put the Flyers in a World of hurt. Neither of the losses to the Tampa Bay Lightning or New York Rangers this past weekend could be described as pretty, but they weren’t losses that should cause this team to fold. If it wasn’t for one of Steve Mason’s worst starts of …

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Game 44 Preview: Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers

Montreal Canadiens (25-14-5) @ Philadelphia Flyers (22-17-4), 7:30pm, CSN-Philly/TSN/RDS The Philadelphia Flyers return home for their first home game in 2014, as they look to extend their current winning streak to three games against the Montreal Canadiens. With a win tonight, the Flyers will stay above a .500 winning percentage and extend their home winning streak to 10 games. After Ray Emery got the nod last night, Steve Mason will be in net tonight, as Peter Budaj will be in the blue paint for Montreal. Budaj is 5-3-1 in 2013-2014 with a .923 save percentage and 2.05 GAA, as he …

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Game 43 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils

Philadelphia Flyers (21-17-4) @ New Jersey Devils (17-18-8), 7:30pm, NBCSN/TCN-PH, TSN2, RDS2 The story of tonight’s game was going to be about Ray Emery in net to close out the Philadelphia Flyers’ road trip with the return of Michael Raffl to the lineup. Now, the focus has shifted to Claude Giroux being snubbed by Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics. With a few questionable names on the Canadian roster, including former Flyer Jeff Carter, one has to think Giroux isn’t too happy about Steve Yzerman’s decision. In terms of how the decision impacts the Flyers, it should be all positive. …

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No Raffl, No Read, No Problem – Flyers beat the Coyotes 5-3 in Phoenix

The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a pair of key injuries and completed a comeback in Phoenix to beat the Coyotes by the score of 5-3. Jakub Voracek had the game-winning goal with a little over eight minutes left in regulation and set up Wayne Simmonds for the game-tying goal, while Steve Mason stopped 26 of the Coyotes’ 29 shots on net. Mikkel Boedker had a goal and an assist for Phoenix and Connor Murphy had a pair of assists, as Mike Smith recorded the loss by allowing four goals on 27 shots against. Down by one heading into the final period, …

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