News: Read opened the scoring with a goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: With his first goal in the last seven games, Read is now on pace for 30 points this season. That would be his lowest, full-season total in the NHL. His shot percentage is also at a career-low mark, so it could just be poor luck. Either way, he hasn't been a solid fantasy play this season.
News: Del Zotto potted the eventual game-winner against his former club in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Del Zotto has four points in his last five games, and his ice time has been steadily ticking up. The former first-round pick has a big upside if he can continue this solid play. He's still available in most leagues, and could make a solid pickup as the Flyers push for the playoffs.
News: Couturier delivered two assists in Saturday's victory over the Rangers. The points were his first in five games.
Impact: He continues to deliver strong defensive play for the Flyers, but we'd hoped for more offence by season four. Right now, his 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) will bring him in under his career mark of 39 (set last year). His talent is undeniable. Hopefully, he can start bringing more offense to the mix soon.
News: Zepp was placed on waivers Saturday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Since the Flyers aren't able to assign Zepp to AHL Lehigh Valley until he clears waivers Sunday, look for the goalie to stick around in a backup capacity behind Steve Mason for Saturday's game against the Rangers. Once Ray Emery (lower body) is activated from injured reserve -- which could happen within the next few days -- Zepp would more than likely head back to the minors.
News: Mason was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Mason, who has missed most of the month with a knee injury, was activated from IR prior to Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, but served in a backup capacity to Rob Zepp. That was only done in an effort to ease him back into action, but Mason still saw duty in the second period in relief of a struggling Zepp, stopping eight of nine shots to take the loss. Staying healthy has been an issue for Mason this season, but he's looked like one of the league's better netminders when he's been able to play, posting a 2.26 GAA and .925 save percentage. With the Flyers only six points behind the Bruins for the final wild-card spot entering play Saturday, expect Mason to shoulder a heavy workload over the season's final month and a half.
News: Lecavalier will return to the lineup Saturday against the Rangers, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports.
Impact: Lecavalier served as a healthy scratch for the Flyers' last four games, but will replace Zac Rinaldo on the team's fourth line Saturday. With merely 16 points and a minus-9 rating over 44 games this season, Lecavalier's decline has been even more rapid than anticipated. And it could get a lot worse from here, as he's still under contract for another three seasons.