When the Flyers play in Toronto on Thursday night, rugged defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon figures to make his first appearance for the Orange and Black since Feb. 18.
He missed about a month with the Phantoms as he recovered from a concussion, which may have been suffered while he played with the Flyers earlier this season.
Bourdon will probably be paired with Matt Carle on Thursday; the two were together for most of Bourdon’s 39 games.
"I feel good now and ready to go, ready to play the same way I always play," said Bourdon, who returned to the Phantoms’ lineup two weekends ago. "I want to help the team keep winning."
If Andreas Lilja is not ready to return from an unspecified injury, Bourdon will be in the lineup as the Flyers try to sweep their four-game series with the sad-sack Maple Leafs.
Bourdon (plus-1 in 39 games) played well during his earlier stay with the Flyers, though he struggled in his last game, a five-turnover performance in a 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh.
Quote of the day. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, downplaying an injury to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov: “I’d rather talk about the players available and what we’re going to do in Toronto, as opposed to the ‘woe us’ or try to ‘win one for the Gipper’ speech. We stay away from that crap and focus on what we can do.”
Breakaways. The Leafs have lost a franchise-record 10 straight (0-7-3) at home…..The Flyers are 23-12-3 on the road and 21-12-5 at home….Sergei Bobrovsky, who will start in place of Bryzgalov, is 1-5 with a 5.19 GAA in his last six games. Saying his English is too poor, Bobrovsky refused to talk to the media. He converses with his teammates in English….The Flyers have been much more disciplined lately, but they lead the league with an average of 15.7 penalty minutes per game.
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