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APRIL 27
4:36 p.m.

AKESON DEBUTS
For the second time in as many games a Flyers prospect will make his NHL debut.

Jason Akeson, who the Flyers inked to an entry-level contract on Mar. 2, 2011, is in the line-up for tonight's season finale in Ottawa.

"I'm just excited to be here and I'm in my hometown so it's a dream come true for sure," said Akeson, who grew up 30 minutes outside of Ottawa in Orleans, Ont.

"I grew up watching guys like Daniel Alfredsson so to be able to play against these guys for my first NHL game is pretty special."

As far as his expectations, Akeson wants to leave his mark in his first NHL game, but not have to change his game doing so.

"I just want to keep it simple, try not to be nervous out there and try not to do too much, but try not to do too little."

Akeson was recalled by the Flyers on Apr. 22, along with four other players, after the club's AHL affiliate in Adirondack season ended. He led the Phantoms in scoring with 20 goals and 33 assists for 53 points in 62 games after spending the first part of the year with the ECHL's Trenton Titans.

Ottawa has played host to many NHL first-games in past years for the Flyers. Last season, Harry Zolnierczyk appeared in his first game at Ottawa on Oct. 18, 2012, while the 2010-11 season saw defenseman Erik Gustafsson make his NHL debut at Scotiabank Place on Feb. 26. Claude Giroux also made his NHL debut at age 20 in Ottawa on Feb. 19, 2008.

FlyersTV sat down with Akeson during training camp, here's a quick prospect profile...



APRIL 25

5:11 p.m.

KONAN IN
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette announced that defenseman Matt Konan will make his NHL debut tonight and be in the line-up when the Flyers take on the NY Islanders in their home finale.

Konan, who will wear No. 34, was recalled by the Flyers on Monday, along with four of his Phantoms teammates from Adirondack.

He was briefly recalled by the Flyers along with Brandon Manning on April 16, but did not play.

In 45 games with the Phantoms, his first pro season, Konan posted two goals and four assists for six points and 54 penalty minutes. He also appeared in five games with the club's ECHL affiliate, the Trenton Titans this season.

The Flyers signed the free agent Konan to an entry-level contract on Apr. 2, 2012 after five seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League.

Here's Konan's interview after his recall on Apr. 16...



APRIL 23

12:39 p.m.


TIMONEN'S SEASON OVER
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that defenseman Kimmo Timonen will miss the remainder of the regular season.

"Kimmo will be out for the remainder of the season due to a compression fracture in his left foot. He will be fully recovered in 4-5 weeks," said Holmgren in a statement.

UPDATED: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren speaks to the media on Kimmo's condition...


Tonight is the first missed game of the season for Timonen, who was one of four players to have appeared in all 45 games thus far.
 
In his 14th season in the NHL, Timonen has posted his second best points-per-game output of his career, recording 29 points (5g-24a) in 45 games (.64). He recently appeared in his 1,000th game in the NHL on Mar. 18 at Tampa Bay, which was also his 38th birthday.

Timonen signed a one-year contract extension with the Flyers on Feb. 7, bringing him back for a seventh season with the club.

In his previous six years with the Flyers, Timonen has recorded 32 goals and 203 assists in 442 games. He added another three goals and 25 assists for 28 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 11 points in 23 games to help the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.


APRIL 22

4:21 p.m.

PHANTOMS RECALLED
As the Flyers approach their final three games of the regular season they will have plenty of players to fill out the game roster.

The club announced today that they have recalled forwards Jason Akeson, Scott Laughton and Tye McGinn, as well as defensemen Matt Konan and Andreas Lilja from their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

McGinn and Laughton each spent time with the Flyers this season. Laughton made the opening roster and appeared in the first five games with the Flyers, going scoreless while posting 10 shots on goal and 11:31 of average ice-time per game.

McGinn appeared in 18 games for the Flyers, recording three goals and two assists for five points and 19 penalty minutes. He also missed six games due to a broken orbital bone.

Konan was briefly recalled by the Flyers on Apr. 16 along with defenseman Brandon Manning, to be available for the Flyers-Rangers game, but did not dress. He appeared in 42 games with Adirondack where he has two goals and four assists for six points in his first season of pro hockey.

Akeson led the Phantoms in scoring this past season, posting 20 goals and 33 assists for 53 points in 62 games with Adirondack. He began the season with the club's ECHL affiliate, the Trenton Titans, where he had 10 points (2g-8a) in 14 games.

Each player will practice with the squad and be available to be inserted into the line-up if necessary.

The Flyers play the final three games of the regular season this week when they take on the Boston Bruins (Tuesday) and NY Islanders (Thursday) before traveling to Ottawa to take on the Senators on Saturday night.


APRIL 17
5:45 p.m.

RINALDO & ROSEHILL EXTENDED
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced this evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill.

Rinaldo posted three goals and five points to go along with 85 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Flyers this season.

He is currently out of the line up, missing the last seven games, with a high-ankle sprain on his left leg. Prior to his injury, he was one of the Flyers leaders in hits this season, posting 143 in 32 games.

Rinaldo also missed four games from Jan. 22-27 due to lacerated right thigh.

Rosehill was acquired around the trade deadline from the Anaheim Ducks on Apr. 1 in exchange for Harry Zolnierczyk.

Since joining the Flyers, he has one goal and 47 penalty minutes in seven games.

More information to follow…

3:31 p.m.


MONTREAL'S WHITE SUSPENDED
Two days following the Flyers 7-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL handed down a suspension on Canadiens forward Ryan White on Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins, which forced him out of the game with a concussion.

Below is the offiicial NHL press release, along with video explanation of the suspension.

NEW YORK (April 17, 2013) – Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan White has been suspended for five games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins during NHL Game No. 626 in Montreal on Monday, April 15, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, White will forfeit $18,581.10. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 6:11 of the first period. White was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.




APRIL 16
1:58 p.m.

GERVAIS TO UNDERGO SURGERY
The Flyers defense unit took another hit on Tuesday.

According to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, defenseman Bruno Gervais is the latest among that group.

“Bruno Gervais will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn stomach muscle. He will be out indefinitely,” said Holmgren.

Gervais has appeared in 37 of the Flyers' 42 games this season, posting a goal and five assists for six points and 10 penalty minutes. During that time he has averaged 17:07 of ice time on the blueline.

As a result, the Flyers have recalled defensemen Matt Konan and Brandon Manning from the Phantoms (more below…)

12:13 p.m.


KONAN; MANNING RECALLED
Less than 18 hours after taking on the Canadiens in Montreal, the Flyers announced two recalls from their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

The club has recalled defensemen Matt Konan and Brandon Manning from the Phantoms.

Konan has been assigned #34, while Manning will wear #32. Both are available to play in tonight's Flyers-Rangers game at the Wells Fargo Center. For Konan, if he is in the line-up, it will be his NHL debut.

The 21-year-old Konan is in his first season of professional hockey, appearing in 42 games with Adirondack where he has two goals and four assists for six points. He also appeared in five games with the club's ECHL affiliate, the Trenton Titans this season.

The Flyers signed the free agent Konan to an entry-level contract on Apr. 2, 2012 after five seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League.

Manning, earns his second recall with the Flyers in his career and first this season. He has 21 points (6g-15a) in 65 games with the Phantoms this season, his second with the club.

The 22-year old Manning appeared in four games with the Flyers last season, going scoreless and averaging 13:43 of ice time.

The recalls comes on the heels of defenseman Kent Huskins leaving last night's Flyers-Canadiens game after suffering a concussion.


APRIL 15
8:32 p.m.

HUSKINS INJURED
Another Flyers defenseman was forced out of the line-up due to an injury.

Tonight at Montreal, Kent Huskins suffered a concussion and will not return to the game according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

At the 6:11 mark of the first period, Huskins was in the Flyers zone and was hit up high by Canadiens forward Ryan White. Huskins immediately went down and later off to the dressing room.

Huskins defense partner, Kurtis Foster immediately went after White along the boards, which resulted in four minutes worth of minors (two for roughing & two for fighting with a visor) along with a five-minute fighting major and game misconduct.

White received a five-minute major for elbowing, five-minutes for fighting and a match penalty.

Under NHL rules, a match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.

A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.

Huskins appeared in just three shifts early in the game for a total of 2:18 of time-on-ice.

The result was a one-minute power play for the Flyers.


APRIL 13

2:30 p.m.

BRIERE BACK; MASON STARTS
Shortly before warm-ups, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette announced that center Danny Briere would be in the line-up today at Buffalo.

It will be Briere first game since Marc. 18 at Tampa Bay.  He's missed the last 10 games due to a concussion after recording 13 points (5g-8a) in 26 games this season.

Briere was a part of the Sabres organization for four seasons (2002-03 thru 2006-07), appearing in 225 games, where he posted 92 goals and 230 points.

Briere said he was feeling good and ready to come back when talking to reporters yesterday. Here's his full interview…


Laviolette also announced that Steve Mason will get the start between the pipes, his second start and third appearance since being acquired by the Flyers on Apr. 3.

Mason is 3-7-1 with a 2.88 GAA this season.


APRIL 11

6:46 p.m.

FLYERS SIGN QMJHL'S STRAKA
(RW) PETR STRAKA
Following warm-ups of their game against the Senators, the Flyers announced that they have signed right wing Petr Straka to an entry-level contract to begin next season (2013-14).

The 20-year-old Straka recently completed his season with Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he recorded 41 goals and 82 points, as well as a +33 rating, in 55 regular season games.

In eight games during the QMJHL playoffs, Straka posted eight goals and 18 points to average 2.25 points per game.

Over four seasons in the QMJHL, including three with Rimouski Oceanic, Straka recorded 97 goals and 111 assists for 208 points in 212 regular season games and added another 58 points (25g-33a) in 46 postseason games.

A native of Pizen, Czech Republic, Straka was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the  second round (55th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


APRIL 10

4:43 p.m.

GROSSMANN UPDATE; ADK NEWS
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren gave an injury update this afternoon and the one at the forefront was concerning defenseman Nicklas Grossmann.

He announced that Grossmann will be sidelined for another 2-3 weeks due to a concussion.

Grossmann has missed the last nine games, since being out of the line-up on Mar. 24 at Pittsburgh. At the time, he hadn't missed a game and led the team in blocked shots (82), which also ranked fourth among all players in the NHL.

Holmgren added that there's a chance Danny Briere could be ready to be inserted in the line-up as soon as tomorrow against the Ottawa Senators.

Briere has also been out for the last nine games, since Mar. 24, due to a concussion.

Holmgren said defenseman Braydon Coburn is getting better but called it a "stretch" that he could return before the end of the regular season.

Zac Rinaldo, who was on crutches today at the practice, is still expected to be out indefinitely with his high-ankle sprain on his left leg.

PAIR TO ADK
In minor league transactions, Holmgren announced that forward Tye McGinn has been loaned to club's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

McGinn has three goals and five points in 18 games with the Flyers, but did not play in the last two games.

The Flyers' top pick in 2012, Scott Laughton, recently completed his junior season with the Oshawa Generals, who were eliminated in the second round of the OHL playoffs.

Holmgren announced that Laughton will be joining the Phantoms as well.

Laughton averaged a goal per-game and nearly two points per-game in the playoffs, posting seven goals and 13 points in seven games for the Generals. During his regular season, Laughton had 56 points (23g-33a) and was a +22 in 49 games.

The 18-year-old made the opening day Flyers roster and appeared in five games with the big club, going scoreless, recording 10 shots and an average ice time of 11:31.


APRIL 7

2:04 p.m.

(D) MARK ALT
FLYERS INK ALT
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that the club has signed 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman Mark Alt from the University of Minnesota to an entry-level contract today.

Holmgren also stated that Alt will be assigned to the club's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

The 21-year-old Alt posted seven points, all assists and 20 penalty minutes, including a career-best plus-minus rating of +19 in 39 games for the Golden Gophers this season. He helped the team post an overall record of 26-9-5 and finish first in the WCHA standings, as well as the second-ranked defense in the WCHA, allowing 2.29 goals-per-game.

Over the course of three seasons at Minnesota, Alt posted seven goals and 32 assists for 39 points and 85 penalty minutes in 117 games, which also included a trip to the NCAA's Frozen Four in 2012, which was the team's first appearance since the 2005 season.

“It has been an honor to play for the Gophers for the last three years,” said Alt on Gophersports.com, Minnesota's athletic website. “I want to thank the fans, my teammates and coaches for making it such a great experience. I will forever cherish my days in the Maroon and Gold.”

The rights to Alt were acquired by the Flyers prior to the start of the season in deal that also saw goaltender Brian Boucher return to the team from the Carolina Hurricanes, in exchange for Luke Pither on January 12.

Alt was the Hurricanes second-round pick (53rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


APRIL 6

3:00 p.m. CT

KIMMO IN; PROSPECT TO ADK
The official roster has been released and Kimmo Timonen will remain in the Flyers line-up despite missing the end of the Flyers-Maple Leafs game on Thursday.

The Flyers have four players who have now appeared in all 38 games so far this season (Timonen, Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Ruslan Fedotenko).

In other Flyers news, two prospects have joined the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms for the final weeks of their season. Nick Cousins and Brandon Alderson.

Both players were on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on the Ontario Hockey League, who were knocked out of the first round of the OHL playoffs.

Cousins led the team in regular season with 103 points, which also ranked third overall in the OHL. His 27 goals tied for second on the team, while his 76 assists led the Greyhounds and ranked second in the OHL.

During the playoffs, Cousins had six points (3g-3a) as the Greyhounds dropped a six game series to the Owen Sound Attack.

Cousins is the Flyers' third round pick (68th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He signed an entry-level contract on Mar. 26, 2011.

Alderson signed with the Flyers on Mar. 1, 2013 and completed his four-year junior career after posting 64 points in 67 regular season games. He led the team with 28 goals while his 64 points finished third on the squad. He added another four points (1g-3a) in six playoff games.


APRIL 5

11:37 p.m. CT

INJURY UPDATE
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave a brief update on three injured Flyers, the most recent being the status of defenseman Kimmo Timonen who did not finish last night's game at Toronto.

Timonen suffered an undisclosed injury and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's 3 p.m. faceoff against the Jets in Winnipeg.

Holmgren also announced that the status remains the same for (D) Nicklas Grossmann, who has been out of action since missing the club's Mar. 24 game at Pittsburgh, a total of seven games, with an upper-body injury. He is day-to-day.

Danny Briere's status also remains the same. He is out indefinitely with a concussion. Briere has missed seven games with his latest injury, and after being out of action in the first four games of the season, Briere has missed 11 games so far in 2012-13.

The most recent man-games lost count for the Flyers sits at 166 games through 37 games.

The Flyers have a complete day off from practice today, and will resume their three-game road trip tomorrow at Winnipeg before taking on the Islanders on Tuesday.

Philadelphia (37 points) currently sits in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils (39 points) for the eighth and final playoff spot, and just three points behind the New York Islanders (40 points) for the seventh seed. The Flyers have two more games against the Islanders in their 11 remaining games.

Action tonight in the East features the New York Rangers as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Buffalo Sabres (34 points) face off against the Ottawa Senators (44 points).

APRIL 4
9:43 p.m.

TIMONEN LEAVES TOR
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen left the Flyers-Maple Leafs game with an undisclosed injury in middle of the third period and did not return, according to club GM Paul Holmgren.

Timonen appeared in 15:52 of ice-time for a total of 20 shifts before leaving. He is one of four Flyers to have appeared in all 37 games so far for the Flyers.

He ranks fourth on the Flyers with 24 points (4g-20a) through 37 games, which is also tied for fifth among all NHL defensemen.

5:06 p.m.

RINALDO OUT
With the Flyers set to take on the Maple Leafs tonight at 7 p.m. in Toronto, they will do so without the services of forward Zac Rinaldo.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren just announced that Rinaldo will be out indefinitely with a high-ankle sprain in his left leg.

Rinaldo played eight shifts and 5:06 of ice-time in last night's 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens, but did not return for the third periods after suffering the injury.

He is one of the Flyers leaders in hits this season with 143 hits so far, which includes 21 hits over the Flyers’ last three games.

He has appeared in 32 games so far this season, recording three goals and five points to go along with 85 penalty minutes. He missed four games from Jan. 22-27 due to lacerated right thigh.


APRIL 3 (TRADE DEADLINE)

3:31 p.m.

MASON TO PHILLY
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren confirmed that the team has acquired goaltender Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for (G) Michael Leighton and a third round draft pick in 2015.

Mason is 3-6-1 with a 2.95 goals-against-average and .899 save percentage in 13 appearances this season. In his last start, Mason turned aside 29 shots in a 6-4 win over the Calgary Flames.

"I'm extremely excited for it. I'm really looking forward to a fresh opportunity, going to a great organization with some players that I have some history with at the World Juniors and just really looking forward to meeting the new guys and starting off fresh," said Mason in an interview on TSN.

Over the course of his five seasons in the NHL, Mason owns a 96-99-27 record to go along with a 2.90 GAA and .903 save percentage with 27 career shutouts.

Mason won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2009 after he posted a 33-20-7 record with a 2.29 GAA and .916 save percentage to go along with 10 shutouts in 61 games.

The 6-foot-4, 217 pound net minder was originally selected in the third round (69th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

While the Flyers are waiting for Mason to arrive, goaltender Cal Heeter will serve as Ilya Bryzgalov's back up tonight. He will wear #35.

Below is Mason's acceptance of the 2009 Calder Trophy...


12:03 p.m.

HALL CLAIMED
Just after the 24-period of players to be claimed or cleared on waivers, the Flyers announced that they have claimed center Adam Hall from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Hall has appeared in 26 games, posting four assists and a plus-minus rating of +1 with the Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes this season, his 10th in the NHL.

The 32-year-old from Kalamazoo, Mich. has 147 points (65g-82a) in 591 regular season games in the NHL as well as 13 points (7g-6a) in 49 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, including helping the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final in 2008.

Hall will wear No. 18 for the Flyers.


APRIL 1
4:53 p.m.

ROSEHILL ACQUIRED
The Flyers announced that they have acquired LW Jay Rosehill from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for (F) Harry Zolnierczyk, according to club general manager Paul Holmgren.

The 6-3, 215-pound Rosehill has spent the season with the Ducks' AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals where he has posted eight points (4g-4a) and 90 penalty minutes in 33 games.

Prior to this season, the 27-year-old played for the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise, appearing in 31 games in the NHL for Toronto, going scoreless with 60 penalty minutes.

He also appeared for the Leafs AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, and helping them to the Calder Cup Final.

Zolnierczyk appeared in a total of 44 regular season games in a span of two years for the Flyers, posting seven points (3g-4a), including one assist in seven games this season.

9:25 a.m.

TALBOT SUFFERS BROKEN LEG
Less than 24 hours after the Flyers staged one of their best comeback wins of the year, the team was dealt another blow to the injury list.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that center Max Talbot is out indefinitely with a broken left leg.

Talbot suffered the injury towards the end of the second period of last night's game. More details are below...

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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