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In other roster news, Chris Pronger said the strength in his right knee is not enough to allow him to play in tonight’s opener and he is listing himself as day-to-day. He said he plans on continuing a routine of skating and strengthening and did not pinpoint a return to the lineup.



11 Blair Betts 6' 3" 210 Feb 16, 1980 Edmonton, AB, CAN
48 Danny Briere 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 Gatineau, QC, CAN
13 Dan Carcillo 6' 0" 205 Jan 28, 1985 King City, ON, CAN
17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 London, ON, CAN
28 Claude Giroux 5' 11" 172 Jan 12, 1988 Hearst, ON, CAN
19 Scott Hartnell 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 Regina, SK, CAN
14 Ian Laperriere 6' 1" 200 Jan 19, 1974 Montreal, QC, CAN
22 Ville Leino 6' 1" 190 Oct 6, 1983 Savonlinna, FIN
15 Andreas Nodl 6' 1" 196 Feb 28, 1987 Vienna, AUT
36 Darroll Powe 5' 11" 212 Jun 22, 1985 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
18 Mike Richards "C" 5' 11" 195 Feb 11, 1985 Kenora, ON, CAN
45 Jody Shelley 6' 3" 230 Feb 7, 1976 Thompson, MB, CAN
21 James van Riemsdyk 6' 3" 200 May 4, 1989 Middletown, NJ, USA
93 Nikolay Zherdev 6' 2" 203 Nov 5, 1984 Kiev, UKR

3 Oskars Bartulis 6' 2" 184 Jan 21, 1987 Ogre, LVA
25 Matt Carle 6' 0" 205 Sep 25, 1984 Anchorage, AK, USA
5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 Shaunavon, SK, CAN
41 Andrej Meszaros 6' 2" 223 Oct 13, 1985 Povazska Bystrica, SVK
6 Sean O'Donnell 6' 2" 237 Oct 13, 1971 Ottawa, ON, CAN
20 Chris Pronger 6' 6" 220 Oct 10, 1974 Dryden, ON, CAN
44 Kimmo Timonen 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 Kuopio, FIN
8 Matt Walker 6' 4" 215 Apr 7, 1980 Beaverlodge, AB, CAN

35 Sergei Bobrovsky 6' 2" 190 Sep 20, 1988 Novokuznetsk, RUS
33 Brian Boucher 6' 2" 200 Jan 2, 1977 Woonsocket, RI, USA
49 Michael Leighton 6' 3" 186 May 19, 1981 Petrolia, ON, CAN

Left WingCenter Right Wing
Dan Carcillo Mike RichardsJeff Carter
Scott HartnellDanny BriereVille Leino
James van RiemsdykClaude GirouxNikolay Zherdev
Jody ShelleyBlair Betts Darroll Powe

Pairing Pairing
Braydon Coburn Kimmo Timonen
Matt Carle Oskars Bartulis
Sean O’Donnell Andrej Meszaros

Starter Backup
Sergei BobrovskyBrian Boucher

PlayerReason Status
Bartulis healthy available
Betts sore left knee probable
Briere infected tonsil probable
Carter effects of taking a shot off his foot probable
Laperriere post-concussion syndrome injured reserve
Leighton bulging disc, back; suffered Sept. 24 injured reserve
Nodl healthy available
Pronger off-season (minor) right knee surgery doubtful
Walker healthy available


Left WingCenter Right Wing
Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi Mike Comrie Evgeni Malkin
Matt CookeMark Letestu Eric Godard
Craig AdamsMax Talbot Mike Rupp

Pairing Pairing
Paul Martin Zbynek Michalek
Brooks Orpik Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski Ben Lovejoy

starter Backup
Marc-Andre Fleury Brent Johnson

PlayerReason Status
Arron Asham shoulder not expected to play
Deryk Engelland healthy available
Alex Grant broken left wrist, pulled ligaments in neck and a bruised jaw injured reserve list
Casey Pierro-Zabotel broken finger injured reserve list
Jordan Staal right foot surgery/infection injured-non roster list

27 Craig Adams 6' 0" 197 Apr 26, 1977 Seria, BRN
45 Arron Asham 5' 11" 205 Apr 13, 1978 Portage La Prairie, MB, CAN
19 Mike Comrie 5' 10" 185 Sep 11, 1980 Edmonton, AB, CAN
24 Matt Cooke 5' 11" 205 Sep 7, 1978 Belleville, ON, CAN
87 Sidney Crosby "C" 5' 11" 200 Aug 7, 1987 Cole Harbour, NS, CAN
9 Pascal Dupuis 6' 1" 205 Apr 7, 1979 Laval, QC, CAN
28 Eric Godard 6' 4" 214 Mar 7, 1980 Vernon, BC, CAN
48 Tyler Kennedy 5' 11" 183 Jul 15, 1986 Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
14 Chris Kunitz 6' 0" 193 Sep 26, 1979 Regina, SK, CAN
10 Mark Letestu 5' 11" 195 Feb 4, 1985 Elk Point, AB, CAN
71 Evgeni Malkin "A" 6' 3" 195 Jul 31, 1986 Magnitogorsk, RUS
65 Casey Pierro-Zabotel 6' 1" 205 Nov 8, 1988 Ashcroft, BC, CAN
17 Michael Rupp 6' 5" 230 Jan 13, 1980 Cleveland, OH, USA
11 Jordan Staal 6' 4" 220 Sep 10, 1988 Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
25 Maxime Talbot 5' 11" 190 Feb 11, 1984 Lemoyne, QC, CAN
42 Eric Tangradi 6' 4" 221 Feb 10, 1989 Philadelphia, PA, USA

5 Deryk Engelland 6' 2" 202 Apr 3, 1982 Edmonton, AB, CAN
3 Alex Goligoski 5' 11" 180 Jul 30, 1985 Grand Rapids, MN, USA
52 Alex Grant 6' 2" 185 Jan 20, 1989 Antigonish, NS, CAN
58 Kris Letang 6' 0" 201 Apr 24, 1987 Montreal, QC, CAN
6 Ben Lovejoy 6' 2" 215 Feb 20, 1984 Concord, NH, USA
7 Paul Martin 6' 1" 200 Mar 5, 1981 Minneapolis, MN, USA
4 Zbynek Michalek 6' 2" 210 Dec 23, 1982 Jindrichuv Hradec, CZE
44 Brooks Orpik "A" 6' 2" 219 Sep 26, 1980 San Francisco, CA, USA

29 Marc-Andre Fleury 6' 2" 180 Nov 28, 1984 Sorel, QC, CAN
1 Brent Johnson 6' 3" 199 Mar 12, 1977 Farmington, MI, USA
61 Patrick Killeen 6' 4" 204 Apr 15, 1990 Almonte, ON, CAN

Current and Miscellaneous:
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season record is 134-79-30-6.
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season home record is 89-24-8-3.
  • The Flyers' W-L-T-OTL regular season road record is 45-55-22-3.
  • The Flyers have won three (1989, 1997, 2000) PO series and lost two (2008 and 2009)
  • The Flyers are 15-14 (8-6 home and 7-8 away) in 29 PO games.

  • 2009 -- October 8 -- Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win at Philly. The Penguins scored a PPG in the opening minute after Danny Briere's minor 14 seconds into the game. Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski each had a goal and an assist. Sidney Crosby was scoreless but won 21 of 24 (.875) faceoffs while the rest of the squad won just 16 of 43. Jeff Carter (2-2-4), who tied a career-high with four points, and Briere each scored twice. Ian Laperriere and Craig Adams fought 1:14 into the game -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6b-ARo-WN4 . With less than two seconds remaining, a multi-layer confrontation was escalated when Kris Letang accused Scott Hartnell of biting him during a scrum.
  • 2009 -- December 15 -- Sidney Crosby (1-2-3), Jordan Staal (2-0-2) and MAF (26 saves) led Pittsburgh to a 6-1 home win. Staal scored a first period SHG and made it 4-1 with 15 seconds left in the second period. Brian Boucher made 29 saves. There were three fights in the opening 5:33 of the game: Arron Asham vs. Mike Rupp ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf-5We09bFs ), Riley Cote vs. Eric Godard ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPn_roATaHU ) and Dan Carcillo vs. Craig Adams ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiGl2oKhrzs ).
  • 2009 -- December 17 -- Pittsburgh won 3-2 in a 2-round (2-0) shootout win at Philly. Sidney Crosby (1-0-1) scored in regulation and the shootout. MAF made 31 saves. The Penguins went 2-for-5 on the PP. Brian Boucher made 28 saves for Philly. Arron Asham fought Mike Rupp -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2s7l_p-n_g

  • 2010 -- January 7 -- Michael Leighton made 35 saves and Jeff Carter and James van Riemsdyk each scored twice in Philly's 7-4 road win. Matt Carle (1-2-3) added three points. The Flyers scored twice in 31 seconds to take a 2-0 lead early in the game and led 3-2 after one period. Marc-Andre Fleury was removed 1:42 into the second period with the Pens down 4-2; Brent Johnson went the rest of the game. Sidney Crosby scored twice. Simon Gagne's controversial no-goal call -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lf5eLv2v4I -- which led to the suspension of a FSN Pittsburgh employee -- http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10012/1027693-100.stm

  • 2010 -- January 24 -- Matt Cooke's deflection of a Sergei Gonchar shot with 1:47 to play, 13 seconds into a Kimmo Timonen delay of game minor, lifted Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win in Philly. Gonchar scored a PPG in the first period. Brent Johnson made 27 saves. Jeff Carter gave Philly a 1-0 lead 5:18 into the game. The Flyers went 1-for-9 on PPs; Gonchar was issued a minor with 48 seconds to play. Pittsburgh was 2-for-6 on PPs.

  • 2010 -- March 27 -- Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and Sidney Crosby (0-3-3) had three points in Pittsburgh's 4-1 home win. Arron Asham gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 1:02 into the game but the momentum began to swing when referee Dan Marouelli initially signaled a goal as Ville Leino upended Fleury, then switched the call, ruling that Fleury was interfered with as Simon Gagne scored, although he didn't call a penalty. "I don't know if you're allowed to do that, look at the [scoreboard] replay and change your decision. I had no idea they were going to take the goal away," said Gagne. Johan Backlund (22 saves, 24 shots) became the fourth Flyers' goalie to start this regular season but left with a lower body injury and was replaced by Brian Boucher (5 saves, 7 shots).

  • 2010 -- October 7, 2010 -- The Flyers spoiled the debut of Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center with a 3-2 victory in both teams' season openers. Flyers' rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who became the youngest Flyers' goalie to start on opening night at age 22 years, 17 days, made 29 saves and was chosen the game's top star. Danny Briere scored the first goal in the new building 2:51 into the second period and Philly led the remainder of the game. Blair Betts gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead late in the second period. Tyler Kennedy scored Pittsburgh's first goal in the opening minute of the third period. Claude Giroux's nifty SHG gave Philly a 3-1 lead but 19 seconds later Alex Goligowski made it 3-2. Chris Pronger did not play for the Flyers.
  • 2010 -- October 16, 2010 -- at Philadelphia 7:00 PM (ET)
  • 2010 -- October 29, 2010 -- at Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (ET)
  • 2010 -- December 14, 2010 -- at Philadelphia 7:00 PM (ET)
  • 2011 -- March 24, 2011 -- at Philadelphia 7:00 PM (ET)
  • 2011 -- March 29, 2011 -- at Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (ET)

Day Date Visitor Home Site Time (ET) TV Network Summary
Tue Sep 21 Devils 3 Flyers 4 (SO) at Philadelphia 7:00 PM TCN-PH, NHL Network http://flyers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2010010005
Thu Sep 23 Maple Leafs 3Flyers 2 (SO) at London, ON 7:00 PM Leafs' TV, NHL Network http://flyers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2010010025
Fri Sep 24 Flyers 4 Maple Leafs 3 (SO) at Toronto 7:00 PM Leafs' TV, NHL Network http://flyers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2010010032
Sat Sep 25 Flyers 3 Wild 2 (SO) at Minnesota 8:00 PM In-house feed http://flyers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2010010041
Tue Sep 28 Flyers 2 Devils 3 at New Jersey 7:00 PM In-house feed http://flyers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2010010061
Wed Sep 29 Islanders 1 Flyers 3 at Philadelphia 7:00 PM TCN-PH http://flyers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2010010068
Fri Oct 1 Sabres 1 Flyers 3 at Philadelphia 7:00 PM CSN-PH http://flyers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2010010078
Sun Oct 3 Flyers 3 Sabres 9 at Buffalo 6:00 PM Website http://flyers.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2010010098


DayDateSite and OpponentTime Broadcast
Sat Oct 9, 2010 at Blues 8:00 PM CSN-PH (HD), FS-MW
Mon Oct 11, 2010 (H) Avalanche 7:00 PM ALT (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Thu Oct 14, 2010 (H) Lightning 7:00 PM VERSUS, RIS, CSN-PH (HD)
Sat Oct 16, 2010 (H) Penguins 7:00 PM FS-P (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Thu Oct 21, 2010 (H) Ducks 7:00 PM PRIME (HD), CSN-PH (HD)
Sat Oct 23, 2010 (H) Maple Leafs 7:00 PM CBC, CSN-PH (HD)
Mon Oct 25, 2010 at Blue Jackets 7:00 PM CSN-PH (HD), FS-O
Tue Oct 26, 2010 (H) Sabres 7:30 PM VERSUS, TSN2, CSN-PH (HD)
Fri Oct 29, 2010 at Penguins 7:00 PM TCN-PH (HD), FS-P (HD)
Sat Oct 30, 2010 (H) Islanders 7:00 PM MSG PLUS 2, CSN-PH (HD)

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Just info: Eric Tangradi will fill the second line wing spot for the Pens. Some cap gymnastics evidently taking place with Killeen called up instead for the deadline, but come game time that will have changed.

Asham is injured and Tyler Kennedy takes that wing absent any surprises.

Epic - and fitting - way to start a season in the new building. Pennsylvania War.

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Thank You MSE, the GDT looks amazing.

Lets Go Fly-ers!

On a side note, I really have no idea how the Pens over the past 5 years have been effective in the playoffs, where depth is key, seeing as their lineup on paper is pitiful. I mean the Flyers have 3 lines that could easily be the #1 on 80% of the teams in the League and a really really good 4th line that can shut down other teams top players. Bylsma must run some crazy systems to suffocate opponents with pressure.

I know having Staal out changes the dynamic of the team, but I guess that is why their big money players get the big money. I am not saying they suck, I am just saying they are efficient with their surrounding pieces.

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Originally Posted by 97FlyersKing18 View Post
Thank You MSE, the GDT looks amazing.

Lets Go Fly-ers!

On a side note, I really have no idea how the Pens over the past 5 years have been effective in the playoffs, where depth is key, seeing as their lineup on paper is pitiful. I mean the Flyers have 3 lines that could easily be the #1 on 80% of the teams in the League and a really really good 4th line that can shut down other teams top players. Bylsma must run some crazy systems to suffocate opponents with pressure.

I know having Staal out changes the dynamic of the team, but I guess that is why their big money players get the big money. I am not saying they suck, I am just saying they are efficient with their surrounding pieces.
Pittsburgh has had the extreme fortune of having drafted two superstars/generational talents (that play center) that can pretty much sustain a line on their own. They've also had the fortune of drafting an excellent 3rd line center. So, although they've created a forward group that is paper thin, it's also boasts the best center depth in the league and has the ability to live on it's center depth, even with sub-par wingers.

They also had an extremely talented number one d-man and a goalie that has had some extremely bright bright spots in his career.

My personal hope is that, with Gonchar gone (albeit the fact that he was starting to decline anyways) that their defense group won't be sufficient enough in at least some aspects of the game. With Michalek and Martin their defensive group should definitely suffice defensively, but they're not lacking any real talent offensively on the blue-line and they don't have any elite talent or even a upper-echelon number one d-men (which Gonchar was).

Another hope is that Fleury continues being inconsistent and we see the Fleury of last year (the one with a crappy regular season save percentage and a pretty bad playoffs) rather then the one that stole games from us a couple years back. I truly think that, as of now, Fleury is a mediocre and inconsistent goalie, albeit the fact that he played a major role in their Cup win. I'm not sure if he'll ever overcome that inconsistency, but I hope he won't.

Another thing to point out is that the Pens have been extremely fortunate in injuries among their centers and goaltending (the former of which the Pens team thrives on). I have to figure that, eventually, their going to have to have some bad luck there like nearly every other team does and that their paper thin lineup will then reveal itself. Staal is already out actually.

When you think about it the Pens are really just an exception to the rule for building a Cup contender and they've been extremely fortunate over the recent years (more-so then any other team I can think of).

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