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02-12-2009, 10:05 AM
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Here is an article about the D pairings. I'll make the adjustment with Coburn/Carle for the second pairing.
Parent split last season between the Phantoms (53 games) and Flyers (22 games) and was thrown into his first playoff action when Timonen and Braydon Coburn went down with injuries. He came into this season as a lock to make the starting six, but when shoulder surgery sidelined him for the first 36 games of the season, Ossi Vaananen stepped in as Timonen's defense partner.

Vaananen's play has slipped in recent weeks and he's likely to be a healthy scratch tonight for the first time this season.

Flyers coach John Stevens said he likes the chemistry of the Flyers' three defense pairings, which has Braydon Coburn with Matt Carle on the second unit and Randy Jones with Andrew Alberts on the third.

Whether Parent's promotion to the top unit is merely an experiment or a long-term solution is likely to be determined before March 4.

"We think he is," Stevens said of Parent's readiness for a leading role. "He thinks the game defensively. He doesn't take any risks that will hurt his team and that's what you want against the most dangerous offensive players."

Tonight, Parent and Timonen will be asked to stop Ottawa's top line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, who entered Wednesday night's game in Buffalo with a combined 133 points.

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