Danny Briere’s three-game suspension, handed down by the NHL Monday for his cross-check to the head of the Islanders’ Frans Nielsen on Saturday, has given left winger Eric Wellwood a chance to make his NHL debut.
Coupled with Andreas Nodl's injury, it has forced the Flyers to juggle some lines.
Wellwood, 20, was recalled from AHL Adirondack and is expected to be in Monday’s lineup against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. He is the younger brother of former NHLer Kyle Wellwood
Coach Peter Laviolette would not announce his lineup earlier Monday, but it will probably look like this:
* Jeff Carter, moving to Briere’s spot, centering Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino.
* Mike Richards centering Wellwood and James van Riemsdyk.
* Claude Giroux centering Darroll Powe and Nik Zherdev. Carter had been at RW on this line, and Zherdev had been a healthy scratch the last two games. (Zherdev returns to the lineup because of an injury to Andreas Nodl.)
* Blair Betts centering Dan Carcillo and Jody Shelley.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to make his fourth straight start Monday, while Carolina has opted to use backup goalie Justin Peters as its starter. It will be Peters' second appearance this season.
Briere will forfeit nearly $238,000 in salary.
Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser will sign copies of his book “The Final Call” prior to Thursday’s game against the visiting New York Rangers. Fraser, a South Jersey resident, will appear at the Flyers Charities kiosk in front of the AT&T Pavilion from 5:30 p.m. until the opening face-off. A portion of the proceeds that evening will benefit the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation.