NASHVILLE _ After sitting out one game, Darroll Powe is returning to the lineup Tuesday in Nashville.
For the Flyers, that's a good sign. They are 34-13-2 with Powe in the lineup, and 2-15-2 without him.
Powe was a healthy scratch Sunday because coach Peter Laviolette figured Riley Cote's physicality was needed against the Rangers. The Flyers lost, 3-1.
Powe will be on a line Tuesday with Blair Betts and Ian Laperriere.
Center Jeff Carter will be reunited with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell.
Speaking of reunions....
For Kimmo Timonen and Hartnell, Tuesday will be a homecoming as they play in Nashville for the first time since they were dealt from the Predators to the Flyers in 2007.
“We got here Sunday night, and on the bus ride to the hotel, it brought back a lot of memories,” Timonen said.
Hartnell agreed, though he added that the fans in Nashville and Philadelphia vary greatly.
“Probably the biggest difference is they’re a hockey market out there," he said of Philadelphia. "They’re born and bred being Flyers fans. Here, it took a little while to get used to the laid-back attitude about the game, but up in Philly, they want to win real bad _ and it’s nice to have that edge in the stands, and it brings a lot of edge to our team, too.”
After Tuesday's morning skate, the shaggy-haired Hartnell was greeted by fans displaying a life-size cardboard cutout of him, wearing a Predators uniform and a short haircut that made him look like a teenager.
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Since the Flyers had an off day Monday, Timonen visited with his former neighbors.
“I went by my old house and saw a couple of friends and had a good dinner," he said.
After the team arrived Sunday, Hartnell spent some time strolling down the middle of town, which is filled with honky-tonk bars, boot stores, and shops with a large collection 45 records and Elvis memorabilia.
Following Tuesday's morning skate, Hartnell said, “Being back at the rink….brings back a lot of great wins. Seeing the guys on the other team was kind of weird.”
Hartnell and Timonen were on the verge of becoming free agents when they were dealt to the Flyers for the No. 1 pick _ it turned out to be Jonathan Blum, a defensman taken No. 23 overall _ that Philadelphia had originally acquired from Nashville in the Peter Forsberg deal. Timonen signed a $37.8 million six-year contract that averages $6.3 million against the cap, while Hartnell's signed a six-year $25.2 million deal that averages $4.2 million.
“Everybody knows I wanted to stay here and finish my career here, but it was impossible. In this business, sometimes you get traded and you have to move on,” said Timonen, who, like Hartnell, said he was happy with the way things turned out.