Philadelphia Flyers v Washington Capitals

NHL on NBCSN: Caps and Flyers meet again, this time in Philly


NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

When last we saw the Flyers and Capitals battle it out, we saw the Caps blow a two-goal lead in the third period on the way to a Flyers 5-4 overtime win on a Vincent Lecavalier goal.

Things are going to be a little bit different tonight thanks to trade deadline day. As it is, there will be a couple of new faces likely in the lineup (Dustin Penner for Washington, Andrew MacDonald for Philadelphia) and at least one player from Sunday who won’t be there (Martin Erat now off to Phoenix).

Unless both teams continue to stay busy through 3 p.m. ET, we could see lighter than usual lineups.

As for the game, you know the main focus of everything tonight, the Capitals will be looking to make up for the mistakes they made on Sunday.

Blowing a lead in the third period of a game they seemed to be controlling likely isn’t sitting well with coach Adam Oates. He’ll head into the game without Dmitry Orlov after he was suspended for two games following his hit on Brayden Schenn on Sunday. With the Caps defense already in disarray, going without Orlov, who has played well against Philly this season, hurts.

On the upside, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are still dynamite and adding Penner to the mix to (likely) play on a line with them should help that line out. Good thing, too, because they carry the offense for Washington.

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The Flyers on the other hand helped themselves out in an area they needed the most help by landing MacDonald. As a shot blocker extraordinaire, MacDonald will help a Flyers defense that’s had problems at times this year. At the very least, goalie Steve Mason will appreciate the extra help.

If Philly wants to keep the good times rolling against the Caps, seeing Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek do their thing on Sunday had to be encouraging. Giroux scored twice and Voracek menaced the Caps offensively. Throw in Lecavalier being clutch and the Flyers don’t look so bad out there.

Whether there are more changes coming today or not, the game is the thing tonight and the battle in the Metropolitan Division rages on with them.

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: