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PHI: 42-19 (91 pts.), 1st in Atlantic (1st in East)
FLA: 28-32 (65 pts), 4th in Southeast (13th in East)
Where: BankAtlantic Center (Sunrise, FL)

Probable Goalies
Monday: Brian Boucher (16-8, 2.44 GAA) vs. Tomas Vokoun (21-24, 2.60 GAA)
 

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:30, CSN
Radio: 610 WIP

Hot (last 5) – Claude Giroux: 1 Goal/5 Assists
Not (last 5) – Mike Richards: 4 Assists/-3

Player to Watch – Nick Boynton: With Chris Pronger being out for the next 3-4 weeks, defenseman Nick Boynton suddenly becomes a key player for the Flyers. Sure there is no way to replace Pronger with his overall skill and leadership. But Boynton played well against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night despite the Flyers’ defensive effort overall. He registered two hits and blocked four shots in 17:52 of total ice-time. Boynton had just 11:24 in total ice-time the game before against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is a veteran that has plenty of experience and even won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. I think Boynton on the back end of the defense could be a big key for the Flyers down the stretch. He doesn’t have a set defensive partner yet but has been working with all the defensemen to see who he’s the most comfortable with.

Series Overview: The Flyers currently lead the season series two games to one. The Flyers won the last meeting on the road 4-2. Danny Briere and Mike Richards each had a goal to pace the Flyers. Sergei Bobrovsky was strong in net making 33 saves in the win.

In the first meeting back on November 13th, the Flyers played a great game in which Richards and Giroux each scored two goals. Scott Hartnell also added a goal in the win. They outscored the Panthers 5-1 in the first two periods on the way to an easy 5-2 win. Bobrovsky had a great game between the pipes, making 30 saves.

The second meeting was one to forget for the orange and black. The Panthers dominated the Flyers from the jump, scoring two first period goals on their way to a 5-0 win at the Wells Fargo Center. Vokoun was tremendous in net, making 26 saves in the shutout. Bobrovsky wasn’t quite as fortunate as he gave up four goals on 22 shots in the loss.

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Briere All-Star Bound

After being snubbed by the NHL in the all-star selection process, Flyers forward Danny Briere was named as an All-Star Game replacement. He will take the place of Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla who is taking himself out of the game to be with his ailing grandmother.

One of the hottest players in the NHL this year has been Danny Briere. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Briere has put together an excellent first half scoring 24 goals and recording 17 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers. He had an incredible 2010 postseason and helped carry the team to within two wins of the Stanley Cup. He has carried that over into the regular season this year and has centered the Flyers’ best line as of late. The line of Ville Leino, Scott Hartnell, and Briere have been tremendously hot in the past month. They have combined for eight goals and 10 assists in their last five games.

It was baffling that the Flyers only had one All-Star representative in Claude Giroux. I think it’s great to see Briere being recognized for his great play thus far. I’m still a firm believer that defenseman Kimmo Timonen has had an outstanding season and should be heading to Raleigh with Briere and Giroux. But it’s good that Briere will be showcasing his talents to the NHL.

**The NHL All-Star Game will be played on January 30th at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The drafting of the teams will occur on the 28th and will be televised live on Versus and TSN.

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