ANAHEIM, Calif. - Defenseman Michael Del Zotto was sidelined by an undisclosed upper-body injury Sunday in Anaheim, and Brandon Manning took his place in the Flyers' lineup.

The injury is not believed to be severe, and Del Zotto is listed as day-to-day.

Del Zotto, who has eight points and a minus-8 rating in 34 games, had been paired with Evgeny Medvedev lately.

Manning had been a healthy scratch the previous two games. He entered the night with three points and a plus-2 rating in 26 games.

"Brandon is always prepared," coach Dave Hakstol said before the game. "He prepares himself very well when he is out of the lineup, and mentally, he is clear and ready to go in and play."

Manning was paired with Shayne Gostisbehere. The other pairings: Medvedev and Luke Schenn, and Nick Schultz and Radko Gudas.

Simmonds rumors

Hakstol shrugged off rumors that Wayne Simmonds could be dealt to Montreal.

"He has been outstanding for our team. He's been, I never say he has been the catalyst, but he has been one of the catalysts for us over the last 20 games," Hakstol said, calling the right winger a "good power forward and a great teammate."


The Ducks went into the game as the league's lowest-scoring team (1.8 goals per game), while the Flyers were averaging the second-lowest total (2.1 per game). . . . Jake Voracek entered the night with two goals, five assists and 17 shots in the four games since moving to left wing on a line with Sean Couturier and Simmonds. . . . General manager Ron Hextall is in Finland watching the World Juniors, so assistant GM Barry Hanrahan made the West Coast trip. Paul Holmgren, the club president, also was in Anaheim. . . . Defenseman Mark Streit, who is expected to come off the long-term injured list Wednesday and play in San Jose that night, has missed the last 19 games.