Flyers getting scoring balance; Clarke to shake Lindros' hand

   It may be an anomaly. After all, 14 games do not make a season.

  But one month into the season, the Flyers, surprisingly, lead the NHL with an average of four goals per game.

   With the departure of Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Ville Leino, the Flyers were supposed to huff and puff to replace their combined 78 goals.

   So far, that hasn’t been the case as five Flyers have at least five goals.

   Interestingly, Richards (two goals in 13 games), Leino (one goal in 13 games) and Carter (no goals in five games) have combined for three goals in 31 games.

    Or the same goal total as Matt Read.

    It should be noted, however, that the Flyers' four goals-per-game average is a bit misleading, inflated by eight goals against Winnipeg and nine against Columbus _ two teams that are among the league's worst.

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   When the Flyers face the Rangers in the Winter Classic alumni game on Jan. 31, the Orange and Black will have an unusual set of teammates: Eric Lindros and Bob Clarke.

           The two had a very public feud before Clarke, then the Flyers’ GM, dealt Lindros to the Rangers in 2001.

       Clarke told the Bucks County Courier Times the feud is history.

     “As far as I'm concerned, it’s over," Clarke said. "I couldn't be bothered one way or the other. He helped the Flyers; why shouldn't he be with the Flyers?”

   Added Clarke: "I'm not mad at him. I'll shake hands with him. It's not going to affect my life one way or the other if he doesn't (reciprocate)."

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    The Flyers (8-4-2), starting a bonding trip in Florida, play at Tampa Bay (7-5-2) on Wednesday. It wouldn’t be surprising if Read and Chris Pronger return from injuries.

     The Flyers have gone 3-2-1 without Pronger, outscoring their opponents, 29-22.

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