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Former Flyers right winger Nic Aube-Kubel, now with the Capitals, is playing on his fourth team in less than two years.

The Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to pad their surprising 6-3-2 start this week.

Their next three games are against struggling teams: St. Louis (3-6), Columbus (3-9), and Ottawa (4-7). Those three opponents have a combined 10-22 record. Then again, the Flyers haven’t played as well as their record suggests, so there will be no easy victories.

The Flyers have the third-best points percentage (.636) in the Metropolitan Division.

Speaking of the Metro, former Flyers right winger Nic Aube-Kubel is back in the division after being plucked off waivers by the Washington Capitals — his fourth team in less than two years.

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Philly Hockey Now: My column on the Flyers, the Phillies and the (Shhhhh!) nasty D-word. Philadelphia Flyers.

Philly Hockey Now:  Evaluating the Flyers’ road trip and looking ahead to their games this week. Philadelphia Flyers.

Washington Hockey Now: Former Flyer Nic Aube-Kubel is excited for a chance with the Washington Capitals. He scored 11 goals and won a Stanley Cup with Colorado last season and signed with Toronto in the offseason. Washington Capitals.

Florida Hockey Now: Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk was suspended by the NHL for two games. He put his stick in the face of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Florida Panthers.

Boston Hockey Now: The controversial decision to sign Mitchell Miller has been reversed. The Bruins have rescinded their offer “based on new information.” Boston Bruins.

Colorado Hockey Now: To many fans, Peter McNab, 70, who scored 363 goals in his NHL career, was the face of the Avs because of his work in the broadcast booth. He died Sunday after a long fight with cancer. Colorado Avalanche.

New York Islanders: Brock Nelson and Ilya Sorokin lead the Isles’ surge. New York Islanders.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Penguins GM Ron Hextall, whose team has a seven-game winless streak, needs to make changes because the answers are not in the locker room, writes Dan Kingerski. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vegas Hockey Now: Numerous teams need goalie help, and the Knights have three. Could the Flyers have interest for a backup to Carter Hart? Vegas Golden Knights.

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