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Brian Elliott returns as Flyers send Alex Lyon back to Phantoms

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Brian Elliott returns as Flyers send Alex Lyon back to Phantoms

VOORHEES, N.J. — Brian Elliott may need to install some orange cones around his crease.

Elliott returned to practice Wednesday and was immediately greeted with a Jakub Voracek shot to his mask that left the Flyers' netminder appearing a little woozy.

This unfortunate incident came just three days after Travis Konecny collided with Elliott during Sunday’s practice session in Arizona. 

“It was just a 2-on-1 drill with a pass across and I tried to slide across when a player to be named later came and it was either a knee or a leg right to the melon," Elliott said Wednesday. “I was feeling not the greatest right after, but I progressively got better throughout the past couple of days.”

When asked if the “player to be named later” has picked up a dinner check for his inadvertent collision, Elliott responded, “That would be a first.”

Elliott was scratched from Monday’s game against the Coyotes but believes he’s ready if called upon to play Thursday. The Flyers loaned goaltender Alex Lyon, as well as forward Tyrell Goulbourne, back to Lehigh Valley. 

However, my suspicion is that Calvin Pickard — the first goaltender off the ice at Wednesday’s practice — will earn another start following a solid 34-save winning effort in Arizona, and Elliott will return to the net for Saturday’s afternoon contest against the Blackhawks.

Elliott and the rest of the Flyers must find a way to bring that level of consistency back to the Wells Fargo Center following a 3-0-1 road trip (see story).

“Prepare the same way and take that mentality that I don’t care how we’re going to do it, we’re going to go out there and win,” Elliott said. “I think at home, sometimes it’s a little tougher. It’s trying to take that same focus and bring it here. It’s going to be a challenge, but it shouldn’t be.”

The Flyers have held a lead in just two of their first six games on home ice and have been outscored, 26-14.

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Scott Hartnell, other fan favorites highlight Flyers alumni game for 2019 Stadium Series weekend

Scott Hartnell, other fan favorites highlight Flyers alumni game for 2019 Stadium Series weekend

What makes the Stadium Series that much more fun is how it brings the families and alumni together for the weekend.

The Flyers' alumni showdown for this year's event should be plenty of fun.

On Wednesday, the roster was announced for the game, which will be held Friday at 7 p.m. on Penn's campus at the Class of '23 Arena. 

Many fan favorites will suit up, including Scott Hartnell, who has been a busy man since retiring in October. Hartnell was honored by the Flyers in December and was officially named an on-air analyst Wednesday for the NHL Network.

Here are the former Flyers that will play Friday against alumni from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

Forwards

• Riley Cote, Brian Propp, Danny Briere, Todd Fedoruk, Scott Hartnell, Mitch Lamoureux, Dave Brown

Defensemen

• Brad Marsh, Joe Watson, Terry Carkner, Doug Crossman, Kjell Samuelsson, Jim Watson, Nick Schultz, Kimmo Timonen

Goaltender

• Brian Boucher

Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly and Bill Barber are set to coach the team, while Bernie Parent, Dave Schultz, Bill Clement and Reggie Leach will be in attendance.

For fans interested in attending the game, tickets can be purchased right here.

Meanwhile, the current Flyers will also hit the ice Friday for a 6 p.m. practice at Lincoln Financial Field in preparation for Saturday's 8 p.m. game against the Penguins.

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Radko Gudas to have NHL hearing for high-sticking Lightning's Nikita Kucherov

Radko Gudas to have NHL hearing for high-sticking Lightning's Nikita Kucherov

Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas will have a hearing Wednesday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety following his high stick to the head of Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov. 

The incident occurred late in the third period Tuesday night and Gudas was assessed a two-minute minor. However, the league may come down a little bit harder on Gudas. 

In his career, Gudas has been suspended on three separate occasions for a total of 19 games, including a 10-game suspension for his brutal illegal crosscheck to the back of the head of Winnipeg’s Mathieu Perreault in November 2017. 

Interestingly, interim head coach Scott Gordon saw Gudas' penalty a little differently than most. 

“It was a pretty soft stick to the helmet,” Gordon said. “There was no chance of injury. It wasn’t like it was vicious or anything. There was no intent there like we saw a week ago.”

Gordon is obviously referring to the baseball-like swing from Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin that was aimed at the head of Michael Raffl. 

Malkin missed and received a one-game suspension. 

Gudas didn’t and has a record of bad behavior with the league. 

Although Kucherov wasn’t injured on the play, it’s likely Gudas will be suspended for Thursday's game at Montreal, and possibly the Stadium Series game in a much-anticipated rematch with the Penguins.

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