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Flyers – Capitals preview 10/06/09

Tonight at the Wachovia Center, two of the Eastern Conference’s hottest teams  meet  in an early-season heavyweight match up.  The Washington Capitals and the home-coming Flyers are 2-0 on the season, both smiting the early opposition in convincing fashion, putting the out-of-division rivals on a collision course.

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Boucher, Tollefsen back; Emery to start next three

Flyers’ backup goaltender Brian Boucher returned to the lineup on Monday after being forced to take a short stint on the IR due to a groin tweak suffered in the preseason.  Goalie Johan Backlund was returned to the Phantoms.

Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen will also return to the lineup, but will remain inactive for Tuesday’s home opener.  Rookie defenseman MA Bourdon was returned to the Phantoms.

Despite Boucher’s return, the Flyers plan on starting Emery for the next three contests, Tuesday against Washington, Thursday against Pittsburgh and Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Van Riemsdyk makes statement in rookie game

The Flyers did not have to wait until the AHL season got underway for  James Van Riemsdyk to suddenly turn it on.

The former second-overall selection in the 2007 draft dominated in the third annual Flyers – Capitals rookie scrimmage, scoring four goals and assisting on one, as the Flyers walloped the Capitals, 7-3, Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.

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Flyers rookies to take ice on Sept. 7

For one week, beginning on Sept. 7 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., 29 Flyers’ prospects will take the ice for the team’s annual rookie camp.  Among the attendees are former second-overall draft pick James van Riemsdyk, defenseman Kevin Marshall, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Patrick Maroon.

The Flyers’ prospects will conclude the camp with a scrimmage against the Washington Capitals’ prospects, held at the Skate Zone on Sept 11.

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Versus announces NHL TV schedule

Versus has announced its 2009-10 NHL television schedule, which features the large-market Flyers a total of eight times. The first nationally televised contest for the Orange and Black is the team’s home opener on Oct. 6 against the Washington Capitals.

Oct. 6 — Washington @ Philadelphia – 7:00 P.M.

Oct. 27 — Philadelphia @ Washington – 7:00 P.M

Nov. 16 — New Jersey @ Philadelphia – 7:00 P.M.

Dec. 8 — Islanders @ Philadelphia — 7:00 P.M.

Dec. 15 — Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh — 7:00 P.M.

Feb. 8 — New Jersey @ Philadelphia – 7:00 P.M.

Mar. 2 — Philadelphia @ Tampa Bay — 7:30 P.M.

Mar. 9 — Islanders @ Philadelphia — 7:00 P.M.

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Knuble hopes for no boo birds upon his return to Philly

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, managed a Q&A sit down with former Flyer and new Washington Capital Mike Knuble.  And although Mike didn’t discuss his time in Philly much, he still hit on what reaction he hopes to get upon his return to the Wachovia Center on Oct. 6.

“I don’t know,” Knuble said, when asked if he would be booed. “Maybe there’d be a smattering of boos. I hope not. I think I gave Philly a few good years.”

Knuble was the consummate professional in his four years in Philly.  He wasn’t the fastest skater, nor did he have the best hands, but he brought it every night, played through injuries and was consistent.  There is no doubt the 37-year old played the game the way it was meant to be played.  And for that, there is nothing but respect from Flyers’ fans.

Mike left the flyers with no ill-will.  He gave General Manager Paul Holmgren every chance to match any offer received from other clubs.  But with the Flyers stuck in limited cap space hell, it made it impossible to match Washington’s offer of two ears, $2.8 million per.

Philly fans may not have the best reputation when it comes to treating opposing players with respect. But Flyers’ fans especially respect the game and the people who play it right.  Because of that,  not only will Knuble not be booed upon his return, but will may very well receive a nice ovation.

That is until he scores.

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Ovy gets the boot from Rangers’ practice

After losing the first two games at home in their series with the New York Rangers, the  Capitals are desperate for answers.  So much so, that captain Alex Ovechkin was caught attempting to watch the Rangers practice at Madison Square Garden.

After just a few moments of observing, Rangers’ coach John Tororella  asked Ovechkin to leave. The Rangers PR staff offered him a seat in the stands, but he declined, but clearly made a point with the obscure move.

When asked by Capitals’ beat writer Tarik El-Basir about the incident, Ovechkin clearly knew what he was doing.

“Just to get Tortorella pissed off,” Ovechkin said.

When asked why they made him leave, Ovechkin had another gem. “Because they afraid of me,” he said.

Capitals’ coach Bruce Boudreau played the incident off as an innocent mistake.

“I think it was more of a lack of knowing the rules, that’s all,” Boudreau said. “They asked him to leave; he left. He just went out there and he wants to be around the rink. I don’t think he had a pen and paper, writing down line combinations or anything, but I can understand, I’ve gotten into the same arguments with different people when I want privacy in my practice, so I can understand what John was going through as well. ”

When asked about it, Rangers’ coach John Tortorella avoided knowing anything about the situation.

“Oh, God, I didn’t even know,” Tortorella said. “This is the first I’ve heard of it. Ask me a question about the game, not that crap.”

How great is playoff hockey?

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Briere and Cote in line up versus Washington

The Flyers have announced that Danny Briere and Riley Cote will both be in the line up Thursday against the Washington Capitals.  Briere, who has played just 12 games this season due to a chronic groin injury, will be inserted into the lineup for Andreas Nodl.  Cote, who left Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres because of an upper body injury, will also be in the lineup after tests on his shoulder came back negative.

Meanwhile, Washington enforcer Donald Brashear is still questionable for Thursday with a knee sprain.  Brashear left Tuesday’s contest against the Nashville Predators  after getting KO’d by Wade Belak.

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Cote out with upper body injury

Flyers’ enforcer Riley Cote, left the ice in the second period of his team’s 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night, with what is reported as an upper body injury.  He did not return to the game and the severity of the injury is unknown.

The Flyers return to action Thursday night against the Washington Capitals, who coincidentally also lost their enforcer,  Donald Brashear, to an injury.  Brashear was knocked out by Nashville Predators tough guy Wade Belak and did not return to the game.  The injury is reported as a sprained knee, which is identical to what he was diagnosed with after his two fights with Cote, in a game against the Flyers earlier in the season.  It seems the Capitals’ “sprained knee” is the equivalent of the Flyers’ “sinus infection.”

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