Darroll Powe, a gritty, unheralded forward who helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, returns to the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday with Minnesota.
Powe, 26, will be a second-line winger and penalty killer. In 45 games, he has three goals and five points and is minus-8.
“It’s been a good transition for me,” Powe said after Tuesday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center. “I’m getting more of an opportunity to play some five-on-five minutes here….I’m excited for tonight.”
A Princeton University graduate, Powe was sent to Minnesota last June for a third-round pick in the 2013 draft.
With the Flyers, Powe did blue-collar work on the fourth line and was a valuable penalty killer.
“I have a lot of good memories here. We did some good things in Philly, but I’m here with the Wild tonight and hoping to make some new memories.”
Minnesota is on its father-son trip, so Powe’s dad, Brad, joined him in Philadelphia.
“He’s getting to see some of the guys that he’s seen the last few years, and it’s a city that he kind of knows and he feels comfortable in, so I think he’s having a good time,” Powe said.
On Oct. 28, 2008, in his third NHL game, Powe suffered a concussion in Atlanta. His dad happened to be at that game as part of the Flyers’ father-son trip.
Coincidentally, Brad Powe was doing an in-game radio interview when his son was injured. (He was accidentally hit by teammate Arron Asham.)
“My dad was there and I think he was on the radio at the time, so it’s kind of come full circle here,” Powe said.
Powe said his dad was happy to be back in Philadelphia.
“I think he planned on coming here anyway for this game,” he said. “It’s fun to have him here for sure. It’s a place where he got to watch a lot of hockey and he was a big part of me being here.”
The Minnesota dads will be wearing Wild jerseys on Tuesday night. Darroll Powe was asked if that would be a problem.
“They’re pretty ruthless fans,” he said with a smile, “but (the dads) travel in packs, so they should be fine.”
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Enforcer Jody Shelley will return to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 23; he will replace Zac Rinaldo, who was hit in the face during Monday’s practice.
Originally, Rinaldo was supposed to play tonight, but he is now listed as day to day.
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Ilya Bryzgalov, who is 16-10-3 with a 3.07 GAA and .891 save percentage, will oppose Minnesota’s Josh Harding (8-5-3, 2.29, .929).
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