Shelley surgery slated; Caps depleted

UPDATE: Winger Jody Shelley will have surgery on Thursday to repair a broken orbital bone on the left side of his face. The injury occurred in practice on Monday. The surgery will be performed by Guy Lanzi, and Shelley will be sidelined four weeks, said GM Paul Holmgren, whose team is promoting D Danny Syvret from the Phantoms.

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The Flyers will be playing a depleted Washington team when they meet in Tuesday night’s showdown at the Wells Fargo Center.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin (29 goals, plus-22) will be sidelined seven to 10 days with nagging injuries, the Capitals announced. Mike Green, the team’s defensive leader, is also expected to be sidelined with a concussion, and forwards Jason Arnott (groin; 15 goals) and Eric Fehr (shoulder; 10 goals) will probably miss the game.

Chris Pronger, the leader of the Flyers’ defense, will miss the game as he recovers from a surgically repaired right hand. For the first time since the surgery, Pronger skated Monday but did not touch the puck with his stick.

“It’s coming along. I have pain in certain movements, but just things I have to work through,” Pronger said.

Pronger said he had not timetable for his return.

When asked if he would be well-rested for the playoffs, Pronger said it was more difficult to rehab his injury than it was to play games.

“I don’t know if I’ll be more rested,” he said. “To be honest, when you’re hurt, you actually put more time in.”  (See his entire interview on the video on this website)

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Sergei Bobrovsky (26-11-5, 2.56 GAA, .916 SP) will face Washington’s Michal Neuvirth (23-11-4, 2.42, .916) in a battle of rookie goaltenders. Bob's .703 winning percentage is third in the NHL.

In the Eastern Conference race, the Flyers have a two-point lead over the second-place Caps and have two games in hand. The Flyers have 11 games left; Washington has nine.

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The Caps have been dominating in the third period, outscoring their opponents, 74-48. Conversely, the third period as been the Flyers' worst session as they have been outscored, 76-74.

The Flyers have an 85-56 second-period advantage.

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Former Flyer Ray Emery, making a gallant comeback after hip surgery, was named the NHL's second star of the week after notching a pair of 2-1 wins for Anaheim. Emery stopped 61 of 63 shots.

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Somehow, has the Flyers ranked No 10 in its (fraudulent) power rankings.

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Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn will present a $10,000 check to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Tuesday morning at the Wells Fargo Center.Coburn and has wife have two dogs that they adopted from the shelter.

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 Never thought I'd agree with Colin Campbell, but he deserves praise for the suspension handed to the Penguins' Matt Cooke: 10 regular-season games and the first round of the playoffs.

 Flyers defenseman Matt Carle on Cooke: "It's safe to say he isn't going to win the Lady Byng."

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