The Flyers recalled Oskars Bartulis from the Adirondack Phantoms Monday, and the 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman is expected to be in the lineup Thursday against Ottawa.
   The Flyers are short on defensemen because of injuries to Ryan Parent (groin) and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (concussion).
   Parent skated and then practiced briefly Monday but is doubtful for Thursday.
   Bartulis, 22, had two goals two assists and 14 penalty minutes in 12 games with the Phantoms this season.
A native of Latvia who is being considered for the Olympic team, was originally selected by the Flyers in the third round (91st overall) of the 2005 draft
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Ray Emery, who has a 2.27 goals-against average and has been one of the Flyers' most consistent players, is preparing the face his former team, Ottawa. Yep, the team that, in effect, banished him to Russia last year. Look for my story on Emery in Tuesday's Inquirer.

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Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was named the NHL's third star of the week after collecting a goal and four assists in three games.

"Obviously it shows how we've played over the last little while," he said. "Hopefully there are many more of those to come. It is nice to see some recognition. I think it is more of a team award and the way that we have played, as I said, over the last three or four games in trying to get ourselves back on track."