Shayne Gostisbehere - #53 - Defense - 5'11" - 160lbs
News: Gostisbehere will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Lightning, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: "Ghost" wasn't especially impressive in his first two NHL games, going a collective minus-2 with no points. Brandon Manning will take his spot in the lineup Thursday, and if he performs well, Gostisbehere may remain in the press box for further games.
News: Lecavalier (foot) will not be activated from injured reserve Thursday in advance of Thursday's game against the Lighnting, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Lecavalier has been skating for a week and is nearly ready to resume playing, but he wasn't able to recover quickly enough to suit up against his former team. The team hasn't suggested that Lecavalier suffered a setback while skating this week, so he could still remain an option for Saturday's game in Florida.
News: Emery will be in the crease for Thursday's game against the Lightning, CSN's Sam Carchidi reports.
Impact: Emery turned in a third straight quality outing his last time out, and he will be rewarded with his fourth start in as many games Thursday. Head coach Craig Berube said earlier in the week he is simply riding the hot hand in going with Emery over Steve Mason of late, but Emery has been the far more effective of the two early this season.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Emery stopped 38 shots in Tuesday's overtime win over Los Angeles.
Impact: He's won his last four appearances, and his last two have been especially impressive with 73 saves, a 1.96 goals-against average and .948 save percentage.
Brandon Manning - #43 - Defense - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Manning was recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
Impact: He'll fill the roster spot vacated by Andrew MacDonald, who was placed on injured reserve by the Flyers prior to Tuesday's game. For the moment, it looks like he'll be relegated to seventh defenseman duties with the Flyers, but he could get a look if youngster Shayne Gostisbehere struggles on the third pairing.
News: Emery turned away all but two of the 40 shots he faced in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Kings.
Impact: Flyers' coach Craig Berube has said that he'll stick with Emery as long as he's got the hot hand, and he certainly does right now. He also said that he hasn't given up on Steve Mason. Stay tuned for which tender gets the nod for Thursday's match with the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning.
News: Raffl scored his fifth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over Los Angeles.
Impact: His fifth goal came after a two-goal performance against Detroit. Raffl seems to be settling in comfortably in his second season. If the Flyers continue to heat up, Raffl could be poised to cash in on even more points.
News: Voracek was active in the offensive zone Tuesday against the Kings, putting five shots on goal and netting a pair of assists.
Impact: That makes three consecutive two-assist games for Voracek. He's been on the scoresheet in eight of nine games this year, and this hot start has us thinking of him as a possible career-year candidate.
Brayden Schenn - #10 - Center - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Schenn's third goal of the year -- an unassisted tally -- was the overtime winner Tuesday against the Kings.
Impact: Sweet, sweet revenge for Schenn, who was taken fifth overall in the 2009 NHL Draft by Los Angeles and initially broke into the league as a King before being traded in the Mike Richards deal. He's tallied five points in nine games to start the year, which is a bit slower than the pace his fantasy owners hoped to see.
News: MacDonald (lower body) was placed on injured reserve prior to Thursday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Though the Flyers chose to wait a few days before doing so, MacDonald ultimately landed on IR, as was expected when he was ruled out for four weeks last Friday. With Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) on the Flyers' non-roster injury list and Braydon Coburn (lower body) also on IR, the Flyers have already lost three of their projected top four blueliners to long-term injuries.
News: Lecavalier (foot) took part in Tuesday's morning skate, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Lecavalier will not play in Tuesday night's game against the Kings, but his participation in the morning skate gives him a chance to return to action for the Flyers' next game Thursday.
News: Emery will be in goal for Tuesday's game against the Kings, CSN Philadelphia's Sarah Baicker reports.
Impact: Emery will start his fourth game of the season -- and third straight -- Tuesday night. He has not officially replaced Steve Mason as the Flyers' primary goaltender, but it seems he has taken over the role at least for the time being. The Flyers will need a strong outing from Emery on Tuesday facing a Kings squad that's been the stingiest in the league this year, surrendering just 1.50 goals per game.
News: Lecavalier (foot) could return as soon as Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, Wayne Fish of the Burlington County Times reports.
Impact: Vinny's been out since Oct. 11 with the foot ailment, but it sounds like he's getting close to returning. We should know more about his status by Thursday morning.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rinaldo (upper body) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Kings, Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Rinaldo's injury turned out to be a minor one, so the winger will return to the lineup Tuesday. Rinaldo has six PIM so far this season, but has yet to record a point through seven games.
Luke Schenn - #22 - Defense - 6'2" - 229lbs
News: Schenn has just one point in the first eight contests while sporting a paltry minus-7 rating.
Impact: The entire Flyers' defense has struggled, so the low rating isn't a fair assessment of the young defenseman's abilities. Nonetheless, until the Flyers can fix their defense, fantasy owners should be wary of starting him against high-powered offenses.
Brayden Schenn - #10 - Center - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Schenn collected his fourth point of the season Saturday, scoring the go-ahead power-play goal in a 4-2 win over Detroit.
Impact: As we noted previously, Schenn hasn't been getting warm vibes from coach Craig Berube, so this clutch goal certainly helps. He's on pace to match his 41 points from last season, so he can certainly add value to squads in deeper leagues.
News: Giroux assisted on a late, empty-net goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Giroux has been an assisting machine so far this season. Fantasy owners will hope he can mix in some goals -- he has just two thus far -- as the Flyers host the Kings and their stingy defense on Tuesday.
Sun. Oct 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Raffl had two goals and an assist in Saturday's win over Detroit.
Impact: It was his first multipoint effort of the season, though his four goals in eight games are promising after scoring nine in 68 games last season.
Nicklas Grossmann - #8 - Defense - 6'4" - 230lbs
News: Grossmann finished with a goal and a team-high six blocked shots and five hits in Saturday's win over the Red Wings.
Impact: The point was Grossman's first of the season in eight games, but the Flyers will primarily depend on him to help support their goaltending, a role he filled admirably Saturday. With both Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn out for the next four weeks with lower-body injuries, Grossmann's defensive responsibilities on a weak Flyers blue line will become more important than ever.
Michael Del Zotto - #15 - Defense - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Del Zotto assisted on two goals in the Flyers' 4-2 win over the Red Wings on Saturday.
Impact: With both Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn ruled out for four weeks with lower-body injuries, Del Zotto saw a season-high 22:37 of action, making the most of it with the two dishes. The 24-year-old looked like he was on the verge of washing out of the league following his tepid play the previous two seasons with the Rangers and Predators, but he's done well during his time with the Flyers to salvage his stalling career. Del Zotto's spotty play in his own zone probably makes him less than ideal as a top-four contributor for the Flyers, but with five points in eight games, it's easy to recognize the fantasy appeal.
News: Voracek notched two assists Saturday to give him 11 points in eight games so far this season. He has at least one point in seven of those eight outings.
Impact: He has just two goals, but those nine helpers put him among the league's leaders. Use him well. Very, very well.
News: Emery stymied the Red Wings' shooters Saturday night, allowing just two goals on 37 shots.
Impact: It was a really nice showing for a guy who has been middling at best so far. Another outing like this and there could be a goalie controversy in the City of Brotherly Love. Watch carefully and be prepared to pounce.
News: Raffl scored two goals and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: The winger has four goals and an assist in his last six games -- that's enough to warrant consideration in deep leagues. He's not likely to be a high-end fantasy contributor, but he is a guy who can can contribute in a lesser fantasy role.
News: Emery will backstop the Flyers in their game Saturday versus the Red Wings.
Impact: With Steve Mason continuing to scuffle (0-3-1, 3.83 GAA in five outings), Emery will earn his third start of the season, as the Flyers look to receive some competent play in goal. Emery hasn't looked great either in his limited action (2.84 GAA, .897 save percentage), and even with a quality outing Saturday, he's probably not a serious threat to challenge Mason's claim to the No. 1 gig.
News: Lecavalier (foot) was placed on injured reserve Friday, CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker reports.
Impact: Lecavalier returned to practice Friday for the first time since suffering the injury Oct. 11. Because he's already missed over a week of action, the Flyers will be able to stash Lecavalier on injured reserve retroactively. Lecavalier looks on track to play at some point next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday against the Kings.
News: Coburn (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Friday, CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker reports.
Impact: With Coburn ruled out four weeks Friday due to the injury, he'll unsurprisingly move to IR to create some roster space. Coburn suffered the foot injury in the Flyers' first game of the season against the Bruins, but had taken pregame warmups as a recently as Tuesday before suffering a setback. Mark Alt will be recalled from AHL Adirondback in a corresponding move.
Mark Alt - #39 - Defense - 6'3" - 205lbs
News: Updating a previous report, it no longer looks like Alt will be recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley prior to Saturday's game, Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com reports.
Impact: After Braydon Coburn (lower body) was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day, it was expected that Alt would be the team's top choice to fill his spot on the 23-man roster. Instead, general manager Ron Hextall made the surprising decision to appoint top blue line prospect Shayne Gostisbehere for Coburn's spot. Andrew MacDonald is out for a similarly lengthy period of time as Coburn and figures to be placed on the IR in the coming days as well, so perhaps Alt could still have the opportunity to join the Flyers before long.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | STATS
News: MacDonald is expected to miss four weeks with a lower-body injury.
Impact: MacDonald must have suffered the injury in Wednesday's win over the Penguins, though he had 21:25 of ice time.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Rinaldo left in the first period of Wednesday's win over Pittsburgh with an upper-body injury and didn't return.
Impact: It's not clear how serious the injury is.
Shayne Gostisbehere - #53 - Defense - 5'11" - 160lbs
News: Gostisbehere was recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley on Friday.
Impact: After GM Ron Hextall suggested earlier in the day that he wouldn't promote any of the team's prized defensemen prospects in the wake of the long-term injuries to Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn, he evidently had a change of heart in the afternoon. As a result, Gostisbehere will join the Flyers in advance of Saturday's game against the Red Wings, likely as a member of the lineup. The 21-year-old was spectacular during training camp and has carried over those successes to the minors thus far, recording two assists in his three games.
Mark Alt - #39 - Defense - 6'3" - 205lbs
News: Alt will be recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley prior to Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com reports.
Impact: GM Ron Hextall suggested that Alt would be the only immediate call-up the Flyers would add in the wake of top-four blueliners Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn being ruled out for four weeks with lower-body injuries. The 23-year-old Alt had one point in three games with Lehigh Valley, after supplying 26 in 75 contests at the AHL level in 2013-14.
News: Rinaldo (upper body) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Rinaldo's absence from Friday's practice was enough to convince the Flyers that he wouldn't be ready to go for the tilt with the Red Wings. He could return to the ice over the next day or two to give him a better shot at playing Tuesday against the Kings, but expect the ailing Flyers to recall a forward from the minors over the weekend as insurance.
News: Lecavalier (foot) said he will most realistically return to action next Thursday against the Lightning, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Lecavalier was able to skate on his own prior to Friday's session and could be cleared to resume practicing with the team over the next couple of days. While he didn't rule out a return to action as early as Tuesday against the Kings, it seems more likely that he'll first be up to full speed Thursday, when the Flyers will take on his former squad. Philadelphia could still retroactively stash Lecavalier on injured reserve over the weekend in order to add an extra forward, but because he's already missed more than the minimum seven days, he'll be eligible for activation as soon as the Flyers deem him ready.
News: Rinaldo (upper body) did not practice Friday, CSN's Sarah Baicker reports.
Impact: Rinaldo will be held out due to the upper-body injury he suffered in Wednesday's game. He is considered day-to-day, so it seems there is a chance he will play in the Flyers' next game Saturday against the Red Wings.
News: MacDonald (lower body) will be out four weeks, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Impact: He had appeared in all seven of the Flyers contests, recording three points and an average ice time of 22:55, ranking second on the team. This leaves the Flyers thin on defense, as Braydon Coburn will also miss another four weeks with a lower-body injury. Call-ups for the injured defensemen are undetermined at this time.
News: Coburn (lower body) will be out four weeks, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Impact: Coburn has already missed two weeks with the injury, and it was thought he would be able to return earlier in the week, but the latest news confirms the ailment was more severe than anticipated. Andrew MacDonald will also be out for about a month with a lower-body injury, so the Flyers are noticeably thin on defense. Call-ups for the injured defensemen are undetermined at this time.
News: Voracek had a pair of assists in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Impact: The Philadelphia winger has two goals and seven assists in his first seven games and is tied with team captain Claude Giroux for the points lead. He has one goal and four assists in the last three games.
R.J. Umberger - #18 - Center - 6'2" - 220lbs
News: Umberger had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Impact: Perhaps this is a sign that the Philadelphia center is shaking out of his slow start. He had one assist in his first six games.
News: Lecavalier (foot) will resume skating on his own Friday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Impact: Though the fact that he's back on the ice creates some optimism, Lecavalier likely won't be cleared for a return to the Flyers lineup until next Tuesday at the earliest. Once he's ready to go, he'll likely reclaim the center spot on the second- or third-line, plunging Pierre-Edouard Bellemare down the depth chart.
News: Couturier had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Impact: The Philadelphia center had two goals in his first six games.
R.J. Umberger - #18 - Center - 6'2" - 220lbs
News: Umberger collected a goal, an assist and five PIM in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
Impact: It's the 32-year-old's first goal with his original team, and he seems to have settled in nicely. He's averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time, which fantasy owners hope will lead to a return to his old scoring ways -- Umberger's cleared 50 points three times in his career.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - #78 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 198lbs
News: Bellemare scored his first NHL goal in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Bellemare took a pretty feed from Sean Couturier and redirected it past Penguins keeper Marc-Andre Fleury. It's his first point of the season, though his ice time could be limited once center Vincent Lecavalier (foot) returns.
News: Streit scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Streit has seven points through seven games, so he's on pace to match his total from last season. Even better news for owners: He's scored two goals already. Streit hasn't scored more than 10 goals since the 2009-2010 campaign.
News: Emery is expected to receive the start in goal Wednesday against the Penguins, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Top goalie Steve Mason has been brutal in five turns this season (0-3-1, 3.83 GAA, .878 save percentage), so opportunity could knock here for Emery if he's able to turn in a respectable outing against a tough Penguins squad. Mason's larger contract will probably prevent Emery from displacing him as the team's unquestioned starter, but the backup could possibly take on a larger workload if he can give the Flyers some more stability in goal in his subsequent outings.
Matt Read - #24 - Right Wing - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: Read has no goals and three assists through six games this season.
Impact: After a 22-goal campaign last season, Read has yet to find the back of the net this year. He should get some more opportunities, as he's been playing on the team's second power-play unit, but for now his slow start should be slightly worrisome.
News: Couturier notched a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
Impact: The center is still just 21 years old, but 2014-15 will be his fourth full season in the NHL, and he seems to be developing into really solid player already. He now has three goals and two assists through seven games this season.
News: Giroux collected two assists in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Giroux now has two goals and seven assists through his first seven games, and seems to have picked up right where he left off last season. He and linemate Jakub Voracek each have nine points so far, and are proving to be one of the best fantasy duos in the league so far.
News: Voracek collected two assists in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Voracek is quickly proving to be one of the most valuable fantasy wingers in the league, helping his cause with two more points Wednesday night. He now has two goals and seven assists through seven games, and with the Flyers' strategy mostly consisting of trying to outscore their opponents, don't expect him to slow down anytime soon.
News: Emery allowed three goals on 25 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Penguins.
Impact: With Wednesday being the Flyers' second game in as many nights, Emery got the call between the pipes to give starter Steve Mason some rest. Emery wasn't spectacular, but he did enough to earn a victory behind Philly's high-powered offense.
News: Rinaldo suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday's game and is unlikely to return, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The extent of Rinaldo's setback is uncertain, but expect an update on his status as more details become available.
News: Coburn (lower body) will not play Wednesday against the Penguins, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: The hope was that Coburn would be able to return Tuesday following a two-week absence, but he didn't fare well in warmups and ended up as a late scratch. The 29-year-old will be forced to sit Wednesday as well, and he should be considered questionable to take the ice Saturday until there's indication otherwise.
News: Emery will start Wednesday against the Penguins, Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Emery will get the start in goal Wednesday following another lackluster showing from Steve Mason on Tuesday. Through five starts this season, Mason has a 3.83 GAA and .878 save percentage, so a strong effort Wednesday could earn Emery at least a slightly larger share of the opportunities moving forward.
News: Mason turned aside 39 shots Tuesday, but allowed four goals in a shutout loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Mason's been unable to find his way into the win column in five starts so far this season, with three regulation losses, an overtime loss and a no-decision to show for it. He can't deflect the blame onto his offense, either, as Mason's allowed 18 goals in five games so far this year.
News: Though he looked set to return to action Tuesday versus the Blackhawks, Coburn (lower body) ended up being a late scratch by the Flyers, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: It seems likely that Coburn didn't feel 100 percent healthy during warmups, which may have prompted the Flyers to keep him out as a precaution. Coburn will miss his fifth straight contest and turn his focus toward getting ready for Wednesday's tilt with the Penguins.
News: Coburn (lower body) will play Tuesday versus the Blackhawks, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: As anticipated, Coborn was given the go-ahead to return to the lineup after he completed the morning skate without any further setbacks. He'll step back into a top-four role on defense following his four-game hiatus.
News: Coburn (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks, CSN's Tim Panaccio reports.
Impact: The Flyers have yet to rule Coburn either in or out of Tuesday's game, but he took part in Tuesday's morning skate and head coach Craig Berube thinks he's ready to play, so it seems more likely than not that he'll suit up Tuesday.
News: Mason will start Tuesday against the Blackhawks, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi reports.
Impact: Mason will look to get back on track after being pulled before the third period in his last start Saturday. He will take on a Chicago team that is off to a 3-0-1 start, but will be without regular goaltender Corey Crawford, who's out with an upper-body injury.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coburn (lower body) is expected to play Tuesday against the Blackhawks, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Coburn sat out Saturday's game against the Stars, but felt much better Monday, and should be back in the lineup for Tuesday's contest. Coburn was plus-1 in the first game of the season, but hasn't been healthy since, and has yet to crack the score sheet.
News: Giroux had one goal and one assist Saturday.
Impact: The superstar is sizzling with seven points in a four-game surge.
News: MacDonald had one goal and one assist Saturday.
Impact: MacDonald is not known for his fantasy production.
News: Streit had two assists Saturday.
Impact: Streit has six points in a four-game run.
News: Voracek scored once and added two assists Saturday.
Impact: Voracek is sizzling with seven points so far.
News: Mason started in goal for the Flyers and allowed four goals on 18 shots through two periods before being replaced by Ray Emery to start the third Saturday.
Impact: Mason hasn't looked good with a 3.78 GAA as he searches for his first win.
News: Emery made four saves on five shots to give the Flyers their first win of the season Saturday. He started the third period in relief of Steve Mason, who was pulled after giving up four goals on 18 shots.
Impact: Emery didn't get much action, but he was good enough Saturday, helping the Flyers pick up that important first victory. If Mason continues to struggle, look for Emery to see his fair share of action in the cage. Make no mistake, though: Mason is currently the Flyers' clear-cut starting goalie.
News: Mason was pulled from Saturday's game against the Stars after giving up four goals on 18 shots.
Impact: Ray Emery started the third period, backstopping the Flyers to a 6-5 comeback win over Dallas. Mason is 0-2-1 on the season with a .865 save percentage and 3.78 GAA. With the defense in front of him, Mason isn't likely to put up very good individual totals this season. He should, however, begin to pile up the wins as the Flyers find their groove. If Mason continues to struggle, though, Emery could see some starts in his place.
News: Streit added another two assists in Saturday's comeback win over Dallas.
Impact: Streit set up Michael Raffl to tie the game late in the third period before feeding Claude Giroux for a power-play goal in overtime. Talk about making your points count. Streit now has six points in his last four games while averaging 24:38 of ice time. He's money on a Philadelphia team that scores a whopping number of goals.
News: Raffl sniped the game-tying goal in the third period of Saturday's 6-5 win over the Stars.
Impact: Raffl has two goals to start the season. He scored just nine in 68 appearances last season, so this is a strong start for the European import. If he can translate his Swedish-league success to the NHL, he has the potential to bag enough points to be relevant in a wide variety of formats.
News: MacDonald scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Stars.
Impact: MacDonald is showing the Flyers he's worth the six-year, $30 million extension they threw at him in April. The defenseman has three points in the first five contests, a pace that -- if he can maintain it -- would lead him to smash his points total (28) from last season. Still, he's a defenseman first, and his minus-2 rating blemishes an otherwise strong start.
News: Voracek scored a goal and assisted twice in Saturday's 6-5 overtime win in Dallas.
Impact: Voracek is riding a five-game points streak, and is off to a hot start. He's keeping pace with linemate Claude Giroux -- both have seven points through the first five games. His offensive merits have come at a cost, though -- he's sporting a minus-2 thus far.
News: Giroux scored the overtime-winning goal and added an assist in Saturday's comeback win over Dallas.
Impact: Giroux struck in overtime on a power play, taking a pass from Mark Streit and blasting a one-timer past Kari Lehtonen to give the Flyers their first win of the season. Giroux now has two goals, three assists and an impressive 25 shots on goal through five games. The Flyers may struggle defensively, but that's none of your concern, as Giroux leads a lethal offensive attack in Philadelphia. Expect another point-per-game season from the 26-year-old center.
News: Couturier scored in the first period of Saturday's 6-5 win over Dallas.
Impact: Couturier has two goals through the first five games of the season, an encouraging sign for owners looking to collect dividends on his offensive upside.
News: Coburn (lower body) will not play Saturday against the Stars, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Coburn was on the ice for Saturday's morning session, but the defenseman said he still wasn't feeling comfortable enough while skating to make his return to the lineup. Coach Craig Berube was optimistic that Coburn would slot back in Tuesday against the Blackhawks, but he'll probably need to get in another practice or two before his return is confirmed.
Jason Akeson - #42 - Right Wing - 5'10" - 190lbs
News: Akeson will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Stars, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Akeson hasn't taken well to checking-line duty in the first two weeks of the season, accruing no points through four games. While he has shown a willingness to hit (seven) in his limited ice time, he's unlikely to yield much fantasy value so long as he remains outside of the team's top-six forward ranks.
News: Mason will be in the net Saturday against the Stars, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Mason has performed woefully in his first three starts this season (0-2-1, 3.30 GAA, .884 save percentage), but coach Craig Berube hasn't seemed to waver in his support of the goalie, who was inked to a three-year extension in January. Even so, it may be tough for Mason to come away with his first win Saturday, matching up on the road against a tough Dallas squad that has received stellar play thus far from its own No. 1 netminder, Kari Lehtonen.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Craig Berube said Coburn (lower body) is "iffy" for Saturday's game against the Stars, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Coburn resumed practicing Wednesday and was back on a pairing with Andrew MacDonald on Friday, but it doesn't look like the injury isn't entirely behind him just yet. The Flyers will assess his condition during Saturday's morning skate, but if it's determined he's not yet 100 percent healthy, Coburn would likely sit out for his fourth straight game.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Simmons scored his fifth goal and added his second assist of the season in a shootout loss to Anaheim on Tuesday.
Impact: Simmonds figures to slow down from this ridiculous pace but fantasy owners are reaping the benefits for the time being.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Giroux was credited with two assists in Tuesday's shootout loss to Anaheim.
Impact: Giroux still has just one goal this season on 19 shots.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Lecavalier is out two weeks with a lower-body injury.
Impact: While the Flyers aren't specifying where Lecavalier is hurt, reports state that it's his left foot.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Simmonds excelled yet again Saturday.
Impact: Simmonds has five points in a two-game stretch after a two-goal effort.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Emery stopped 35 shots Saturday.
Impact: Emery is a solid veteran but probably not good enough to be your fantasy starter.
Chris Pronger - #20 - Defense - 6'6" - 220lbs
News: Pronger has joined the National Hockey League's department of player safety.
Impact: NHL senior vice president for player safety Stephane Quintal made the announcement Friday. Pronger hasn't technically retired. The former NHL MVP is still being paid by the Philadelphia Flyers through 2017, even though he hasn't played in the league since 2011 due to concussions and an eye injury. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said this week that he would have no problem with Pronger working for the league while the former defenseman is still on the Flyers' payroll.
News: Coburn is out with a lower-body injury.
Impact: Coburn has missed six games now and is expected to miss another four weeks.
News: Mason lost again Thursday.
Impact: Mason stunk it up, allowing five goals on 25 shots. He has lost his first two starts and is not a quality fantasy option.
News: Lecavalier shined in fantasy action Thursday.
Impact: Lecavalier had a goal and an assist as he bounced back from a pointless fantasy performance the night before.
News: Giroux shined in fantasy action Thursday.
Impact: Giroux had a goal and an assist as he bounced back from a pointless fantasy performance the night before.
News: Simmonds shined in fantasy action Thursday.
Impact: It was 'Wayne's World' as Simmonds scored twice and had an assist as he bounced back from a pointless fantasy performance the night before.