Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Read returning for Flyers tonight

BUFFALO _ After missing six games because of a concussion, winger Matt Read will return to the Flyers' lineup Tuesday night in Buffalo.

Read returning for Flyers tonight

Flyers winger Matt Read. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Flyers winger Matt Read. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

BUFFALO _ After missing six games because of a concussion, winger Matt Read will return to the Flyers' lineup Tuesday night in Buffalo.

Read will play in all facets, coach Craig Berube said after the morning skate.

"He's an every-situation player for us _ penalty kill, power play five on five," Berube said. "He's fast, has the ability to put the puck in the net."

Read has 10 goals in 39 games.The Flyers went 3-3 in the six games he missed.

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"It's tough every day seeing your teammates go to work and you can't do much," Read said. "You just have to rest and do everything you can to not use your brain as much as you can and recover. It's been a long two weeks, and now that I'm finally back on the ice, it feels good."

Early in his recovery, Read said, he was having vision problems while exercising or skating.

"I would get foggy and my head was just (filled with) pressure and I couldn't do much," he said. "But it's getting better every day and I'm feeling good. The vision problems are gone. I just have to get back in shape (because) I didn't do anything for two weeks."

Mason vs. Enroth. Steve Mason, who allowed five goals in his previous start against Tampa Bay, will get a chance to rebound against a Sabres team that is averaging a league-low 1.61 goals per game.

Mason is 18-11-4 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Backup goalie Jhonas Enroth will start for the Sabres. Enroth is just 1-8-4 despite solid numbers (2.46 GAA, .916 save percentage).

The Sabres are saving Ryan Miller for Wednesday's game against Toronto, a team he has dominated.

The Flyers are coming off consecutive regulation losses for the first time since Nov. 27.

"The things that made us successful started with good defense, and I think we got away from that a little bit," defenseman Nick Grossmann said, referring to the defeats to Tampa Bay and the Rangers. "We haven't been paying as much attention to details as we need to, and in this league, you can't do that or it'll bite you."

Breakaways. Steve Downie will be scratched for the second straight game.....Wayne Simmonds is three goals shy of 100 in his career; he has 10 goals in his last 13 games....Grossmann is fourth in the NHL with 113 blocked shots.....In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup, the 1974 Flyers will be honored by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at their 110th annual banquet Jan. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. For ticket info, go to PSWAdinner.com.

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