Boucher to start; Flyers sign draft pick

SUNRISE, Fla. -- After Sergei Bobrovsky allowed 5 goals in a little more than his last 20 minutes worth of work, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is turning to Brian Boucher against the Florida Panthers tonight.

The Flyers, in need of a win to stay in front in the Eastern Conference, have collected just 4 wins in their last 10 games.

They face the Panthers, who would love nothing more than to play the role of spoiler, as this will be their 10th consecutive season to not skate in the playoffs. That is an NHL record for one franchise while in one particular city.

DRAFT PICK INKS: The Flyers have signed defenseman Oliver Lauridsen to an entry-level contract that will begin at the start of the 2011-12 season.

Lauridsen, who turns 22 on March 24, was selected by the Flyers in the seventh round (196th overall) of the 2009 draft.

He recently completed his junior year at St. Cloud State, the alma mater of Flyers right wing Andreas Nodl. Over a three-year career at St. Cloud State, Lauridsen posted seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points and 143 PIM in 108 games.

A native of Gentofte, Denmark, Lauridsen (6-6, 230) played three seasons of junior hockey in Sweden before coming to the USA. He has represented Denmark on four World Junior teams – two at the U-18 level and two at U-20.

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