The Philadelphia Flyers continue to get younger. They recalled Ronnie Attard from the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Monday, and the 24-year-old defenseman is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday in St. Louis.
Philly is expected to have 11 players 26-and-under in the lineup, including seven who are forwards.
While the Flyers are out of the playoff race, Pittsburgh is in the thick of things. The Penguins were being outplayed by the Flyers on Sunday before a fluke goal — it caromed off the glass, bounced off goalie Sam Ersson’s back and into the net — tuned the game in their favor.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski writes that if the Pens make the playoffs, that “glass goal” may be the bizarre turning point of their up-and-down season.
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Philly Hockey Now: Defenseman Ronnie Attard is the latest player recalled from Lehigh Valley to join the Flyers. (Is winger Bobby Brink next?) Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Will the Penguins look back at the “Glass Goal” against the Flyers as the impetus for a playoff berth? Pittsburgh Penguins.
Seattle Kraken: The Kraken, directed by former Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, took a step toward clinching a playoff berth with an 8-1 win over Arizona. Seattle has 92 points — after finishing with 60 last season, its first year in the NHL. Seattle Kraken.
Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers signed Western Michigan forward Ryan McAllister, a highly regarded college free agent, to a three-year entry-level deal that kicks in next season. Florida Panthers.
San Jose Hockey Now: Like the Flyers, the Sharks’ young players are showing promise. San Jose Sharks.
Los Angeles Hockey Now: Don’t look now, but the Kings have healthy competition at the goaltender position. Los Angeles Kings.
Montreal Hockey Now: Who are some of the Canadiens’ draft targets? Montreal Canadiens.