Flyers Notes

Health issues sidelined Flyers goalie

Marty Biron

and center



again last night, but both are expected to return to the lineup Friday in Chicago.

Biron served as

Antero Niittymaki's

backup against Ottawa, but coach

John Stevens

wanted to give him another day of rest before he returns from the flu, which has sidelined him for five games. Biron has lost about eight pounds during the illness.

Metropolit missed his third consecutive game because of a stiff lower back; he has improved and is expected to return Friday, when the Flyers begin a 12-day, six-city trip.

The Flyers recalled

Andreas Nodl

from the AHL's Phantoms for last night's game to replace the injured




Early in the game, the team's third line consisted of wingers Nodl and



centered by




Sizzling line


Jeff "The Cannon" Carter

and wingers






had combined for eight of the team's last nine goals before last night.

"They have the ingredients to have success," Stevens said before the game. "Hartnell wins a lot of puck battles on the wall and has better vision than credited for; Jeff is in great position on the ice all the time; and you have a big guy [Lupul] who can skate and score from distance on the right side.

"They're a big line, they can skate, and they can cycle the puck."

Phantoms in limbo

Peter Luukko

, president of Comcast-Spectacor, said there are "several options" concerning the Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate that will be homeless when the Wachovia Spectrum closes after this season.

"We could move the team, we could sell them, we could find another affiliate - we're still working it all out and probably won't have it all figured out until after the New Year," Luukko said last night.


Simon Gagne


Mike Richards

are 11th and 12th, respectively, in all-star voting for Eastern Conference forwards. Carter, who is not on the ballot but leads the league in goals, is 25th as a write-in candidate. Defenseman

Kimmo Timonen

(seventh) and Biron (sixth) are in the top 10 at their positions. . . . Entering last night, Timonen, known for his staunch defense, was tied for fifth in the league - and third in the Eastern Conference - among defensemen with 23 points. . . . Entering last night, the Flyers were 28th out of 30 teams with a 47.1 success rate in face-offs. They had been at 46 percent before a tutoring session by

Bob Clarke

last month. . . .



first-period assist last night was the first point of his NHL career.

- Sam Carchidi