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With their first win in the books and a familiar face possibly ready to add some reinforcement, the Philadelphia Flyers can focus on trying to continue their success at Florida and avoid equaling a 44-year-old regulation road slide to open a season.
Veteran forward Mike Knuble could begin his second stint in Philadelphia on Saturday night when the Flyers try for a fifth consecutive road win over the Panthers, losers of three straight.
Philadelphia (1-3-0) avoided its worst start by beating the New York Rangers 3-1 on Thursday.
"I think everybody wanted to win and nobody wanted to be in the position that we were in," coach Peter Laviolette told the team's official website. "The only way we were going to get out of it was to go to work to fix things and chip away at it."
The Flyers have struggled while being hit with injuries to two key players. Emotional leader Scott Hartnell is expected to miss four to eight weeks with a broken foot and it's uncertain when center Danny Briere will make his season debut after a wrist injury.
Looking for help, Philadelphia signed Knuble this week after he was released by Detroit last Friday. The 40-year-old winger scored 114 goals for the Flyers from 2005-09 before playing the last three seasons in Washington.
He could be in the lineup Saturday as Philadelphia tries to avoid opening with three straight regulation road losses for the first time since its second season of 1968-69.
"Obviously we're familiar with Mike," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He's a good guy, big, heavy player and we think he's a good guy to throw in the mix right now with the injuries we have."
Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored and the Flyers killed off back-to-back penalties in the third period to hold off the Rangers.
"We can build a lot from (Thursday's) game," forward Max Talbot told the NHL's official website. "I think we played solid for most of the game and we can take this with us and keep building."
Philadelphia may gain additional confidence from a game at Florida, where it's taken four in a row - the last three by 3-2 scores.
Forward Brayden Schenn, who has two goals in three career games against the Panthers, is expected back after serving a one-game suspension for charging New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov on Tuesday.
Florida (1-3-0) has been outscored 11-1 while losing three in a row. Tomas Fleischmann opened the scoring with a first-period power-play goal Thursday but the Panthers went on to lose 3-1 at home to Ottawa.
"I think we have to be in desperation mode right now," defenseman Ed Jovanovski said. "We need a win and we need one badly."
The Panthers have allowed their last three opponents to go 4 for 13 on the power play.
"We really have to bear down and give our goalie some support," coach Kevin Dineen said.
Fleischmann had half of Florida's four goals in the two home losses to the Flyers last season.
Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov faced 19 shots Thursday after seeing an average of 30.7 while yielding nine goals in the first three games. He's 4-1-1 with a 1.47 goals-against average versus Florida.
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Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell is expected to miss four to eight weeks because of a broken left foot.
Hartnell, an All-Star last season, was injured by a shot taken by teammate Kimmo Timonen in Tuesday's game against New Jersey. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement before Thursday night's game against the New York Rangers.
The Flyers officially signed right wing Mike Knuble to a one-year contract Friday, and the veteran will be available for Saturday's game at the Florida Panthers.
Knuble , 40, returns to the Flyers after spending the past three seasons with the Washington Capitals. He played for the Flyers for four seasons (2005-2009) after signing as a free agent July 3, 2004. Knuble appeared...
One of the National Hockey League’s most imposing players will miss up to two months of this abbreviated season.The Philadelphia Flyers got that bad news about power forward Scott Hartnell, who pumped in 37 goals last season playing with Claude Giroux on his team’s top line. Hartnell suffered a broken foot when defenseman Kimmo Timonen accidentally fired a slap shot off his skate...
Matt Read notched his first career hat trick -- and thought it came pretty easily.
Read helped Philadelphia beat the Florida Panthers 7-1 on Saturday night, the Flyers' second straight win after losing their first three games of the season. Wayne Simmonds, Tye McGinn, Luke Schenn, and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Flyers, and Ilya Bryzgalov had 30 saves.
SUNRISE, Fla. -- After just five goals in their first four games -- three of them losses -- the Philadelphia Flyers are starting to roll. Matt Read earned his first career hat trick to lead the Flyers to a 7-1 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night. It was the fourth straight loss for the Panthers (1-4), who scored four goals in their first period of the season and have...
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren confirms that Scott Hartnell has a broken metatarsal in his left foot.
He could miss up to 2 months. Holmgren said they are looking around.
What about Mike Knuble? Won't cost them much and probably has something left in his stick.
We'll have more from Holmgren on CSNPhilly.com:
Thursday night, the Flyers avoided falling to an 0-4 season start after a huge 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. However, like last season, the Flyers will continue to be hurt by injuries. Scott Hartnell, who scored a career-high […]
PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored goals, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 2-1 to prevent the first 0-4 start in franchise history and snap an eight-game losing streak against their rivals. Bryzgalov made two crucial saves when the Rangers were on a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:55 in the third period. He stoned...
After picking up their first win of the season against the Rangers a few days ago, the Flyers traveled to Florida to take on the Panthers. Philadelphia came out swinging and would eventually embarrass their opponents, taking out Florida 7-1. Matt Read would be the hero of the night, picking up a well earned hat…
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WELLS FARGO CENTER- The Flyers played the New York Rangers six times last season, and lost all six times.
Not this season.
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Brayden Schenn will sit one game for his hit on Anton Volchenkov. Schenn came off the bench and skated right to Volchenkov, let his feet and targeted the head and upper body. No penatly was called on the play.