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The Philadelphia Flyers visit Pittsburgh for a game against the Penguins.
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From the Pens twitter account:
Bylsma: Vokoun in net. No injuries, healthy 23-man roster. Lineup will be game-time decision
Very interesting that Tomas Vokoun gets the start, just his second since February 4th. The team claimed at the beginning of the year that they'd use him a lot, but Marc-Andre Fleury has been hot lately, stopping 177 of his last 191 shots (.927 save percentage) and running up a 6-1-0 record in his last seven starts.
That aside, Matt Cooke took the morning skate on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal and the other lines remained the same as well, with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis joining Sidney Crosby on the top line. The third line saw Beau Bennett and Tyler Kennedy with Brandon Sutter and the 4th line was Tanner Glass and Craig Adams with center Joe Vitale.
The defensive lineup will be an interesting choice- the top five are in but Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo will seek the 6th spot in the lineup. Last game Bylsma said he wanted Bortuzzo in for "toughness", so maybe he'll get the call again? Even though, with no offense intended, these aren't really the Flyers of old. They do have some players with snarl like Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, but aside from Zac Rinaldo they don't have much "toughness" in the traditional sense.