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PHT Morning Skate: Where we talk injuries, slumps


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Philadelphia Flyers forwards Danny Briere and Sean Couturier, who are both on prolonged goal scoring slumps, have been paired up with Simon Gagne. Briere and Couturier have been frequently moved in the depth charts this season, so we’ll see if this combination proves to be the answer to their woes. (CSN Philly)

Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly didn’t play Tuesday night due to a lower-body injury sustained during Chris Neil’s knee-on-knee hit in Monday’s contest against Ottawa. He will need to be evaluated further within the next couple of days. (NHL.com)

Matt Stajan recorded his 300th career point over the weekend, but these days he’s focused more on his role as a shutdown center. (Calgary Sun)

Defenseman Mike Green is “still a little bit of a ways away” from returning from a groin injury, but he was able to take part in the Washington Capitals’ full skate on Tuesday. (Washington Post)

Guillaume Latendresse admitted that his recent injury woes were getting to him, so it came as a big relief when he was able to score in his return to the Ottawa Senators’ lineup on Monday. (Ottawa Citizen)

With forward Michael Grabner out for at least a week, the Islanders will need a replacement who is a threat to score. Could top prospect Nino Niederreiter get another shot with the club? (New York Newsday)

Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula is close to returning from a shoulder injury. (Detroit Free Press)

Devante Smith-Pelly has been sent to the minors by the Anaheim Ducks. (Ducks.nhl.com)

You can watch highlights of the Penguins’ 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins below:

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PHT Extra: Trade talk heats up

Danny Briere

With Michael Ryder and Simon Gagne being traded back to the teams that drafted them and Erik Cole heading over to Dallas via swaps, one cannot help but wonder if there will be a domino effect in the trade market.

PHT’s own Jason Brough and Mike Halford break down interesting potential trade targets Danny Briere (more about that here), Jay Bouwmeester and Stephen Weiss in the video below.

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Scott Hartnell (broken foot) returns to Flyers lineup today

Scott Hartnell

Fans in Philly can start feeling a little better about the season today.

Coach Peter Laviolette announced that power forward Scott Hartnell would be back in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against Winnipeg. Hartnell has missed the last 16 games with a broken foot and his return comes at the perfect time.

Philly has seen its share of injuries up front with Matt Read missing time most recently while guys like Wayne Simmonds, Danny Briere, and Sean Couturier have all missed at least a little time. Hartnell will bring some added scoring touch on top of his physical play up front and give Claude Giroux someone more familiar to play on his left side.

In three games this year, Hartnell had one assist and 13 penalty minutes.

Wayne Simmonds back in Flyers lineup this afternoon

Wayne Simmonds

Wayne Simmonds is back for the Flyers.

John Boruk of CSNPhilly.com says the tough right winger will be back in Philly’s lineup this afternoon against Carolina after missing three games thanks to an elbow in the face from Washington’s John Erskine. Simmonds suffered a concussion on the play that caught the eye of NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

Simmonds says he couldn’t be mad at Erskine for the elbow to the face, but expect him to come out extra hyped up for today’s game against the Hurricanes after spending a week on the shelf. According to Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com, he’s on a line with Claude Giroux and Danny Briere in warmups for today’s game.

Giroux unhappy with his play, but says he’s not hurt

Claude Giroux

Claude Giroux insists he isn’t hurt; he’s just not playing well.

“Obviously, I’m not happy with my game,” the Flyers’ captain said Thursday. “But it’s only seven games. It’s a long season. I’m staying positive, and things are going to turn around pretty quick.”

Giroux has just four points this season, and he’s been held pointless in four of his last five games. Thus, the questions about his health.

From CSNPhilly.com:

Giroux hasn’t looked like his old self in recent days. He’s been slow on the backcheck and hasn’t been able to make the plays he’s become known for. It has led to plenty of speculation about whether the 25-year-old might be nursing a minor injury, perhaps his wrist or groin – something that wouldn’t affect his ability to practice or to play, but might affect the outcome when he does.

Again though, Giroux says he’s healthy.

The Flyers fell to 2-5-0 with Tuesday’s loss to the Rangers. Tomorrow, they’re in Washington to play another struggling team, the 1-4-1 Capitals.

In an attempt to generate some offense, head coach Peter Laviolette has moved Danny Briere up onto the top line with Giroux and Wayne Simmonds.

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