Grossmann and Mez in Flyers' lineup
After missing the last game with the flu, burly defenseman Nick Grossmann will return to the Flyers' lineup Monday night against the visiting Minnesota Wild.
Andrej Meszaros will also make an appearance. The defenseman has been a healthy scratch the last five games, but he will replace the injured Erik Gustafsson. Meszaros had been scratched in 20 of the Flyers' 36 games
The pairings for Monday: Meszaros-Luke Schenn; Grossmann-Mark Streit; and Braydon Coburn-Kimmo Timonen.
Grossmann said he is back to being at 100 percent. The Flyers missed his presence in Saturday's 6-3 loss in Columbus.
Steve Mason will be in goal for the Flyers (16-16-4), who after Monday are off until they face ex-teammate Ilya Bryzgalov and the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday.
Mason has allowed four goals in four of his last six starts.
Flyers-Wild. The Flyers will host a Minnesota team that is starving for offense. The Wild (20-13-5) has scored a total of 11 goals in its last eight games and is 29th in the NHL, avergaing 2.16 goals per game. Minnesota is eighth in the league with a 2.32 goals-against average, but standout goalie Josh Harding is on the injured-reserve list.
Harding blanked the Flyers, 2-0, on Dec. 2.
The Flyers are 22d in goals scored (2.44 per game) and 17th in goals allowed (2.78 per game).
Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek have been terrific since becoming the Flyers' top line. In five games, they have combined for 24 points and a plus-18 rating. Voracek has a career-high seven-game points streak (six goals, five assists), while Giroux has points in six straight games (four goals, seven assists), equaling a career best.
The Flyers are trying to extend their home winning streak to nine, which would be their longest since 2005-06.
"It's a challenge for the guys to keep it rolling," defenseman Braydon Coburn said.
If they can beat the Wild, the Flyers would move back into third place in the Metro Division, provided New Jersey doesn't win in Chicago on Monday night.
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