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November 20 Camden Courier-Post:
“Michael Leighton (Oct. 11 back surgery) rotated in and out of the net at Friday’s practice and said he’s been medically cleared to take shots.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said players on long-term injury reserve are permitted up to six days of rehab time in the minors and that he plans on assigning Leighton to the AHL Phantoms next weekend when they play games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We’d like to get him in two or three games,” Holmgren said.
Leighton, who has not played since Sept. 24, is still having some numbness in his leg and welcomes the idea of a rehab stint.
“Yeah, I think it’s probably in my best interests to go down, get a few games in, get some good practice time and get back into game shape,” Leighton said.”
November 20 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“After suffering consecutive losses for the first time in nearly a month, the Flyers will try to rebound Saturday night at Washington, the NHL’s points leader.
The Flyers are coming off Thursday’s embarrassing 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay, a game in which they blew three two-goal leads. In franchise history, it equaled the most goals ever scored by the Flyers in a defeat.
On the heels of that loss, the Flyers face a deep, explosive Washington team that entered Friday’s game in Atlanta with an NHL-best average of 3.63 goals per game.
“If we play the same way we did [Thursday] night, they’re going to score 14 on us,” center Danny Briere said after Friday’s practice in Voorhees. “They’re going to be coming at us in more waves, so our defensive game is going to be the key.”
The Flyers, who are third in the league in scoring (3.5 goals per game), lost too many puck battles and played with little discipline Thursday night. On the power play, Tampa was 3 for 9, the Flyers were 0 for 4.”
November 20 Philadelphia Daily News:
“THE NUMBERS that float around after a 15-goal game, win or lose, often can be devilishly difficult to interpret.
Not after the Flyers‘ 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday.
The Lightning went 3-for-9 on the power play, a testament to its No. 4 power-play ranking.
Expect similar carnage if the sixth-ranked Capitals get nine chances when they host the Flyers tonight. The Caps’ 29 points lead the league; the Flyers trail by three in the Eastern Conference.
It’s the sort of swing game that can set a team like the Flyers back on a roll. However, combine bad penalties with bad defense and the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin could make tonight’s trip a nightmare.
“We play the same way we did [Thursday] night, they’re going to score 14 on us,” Flyers center Danny Briere said. “Now that we’re facing a very dangerous offensive team, it’s going to be critical. They have more depth. They’re going to be coming at us in more waves.””
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