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Before this week begins, it's time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers’ prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels. In this week’s report, we feature an AHL defenseman whose ironman streak has come to an end thanks to a suspension and a blueliner who made a huge impact in his return from a concussion. Sam Morin, D, 6-7/227, Lehigh Valley (AHL) Morin’s 125-game ironman streak came to an end last week, not because of injury, but because of a dangerous cross-check to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Garrett Wilson last Tuesday that resulted in a two-game suspension. Morin missed Friday and Saturday’s games against Hartford and returned Sunday night when the Phantoms traveled
Florida’s found an ideal situation in goal. James Reimer, who’s been terrific for the last three months, will make his sixth appearance in the last nine games when the Panthers take on the Blues in St. Louis tonight. The start comes just three days after his last — a stellar 35-save effort in a 4-1 win in Anaheim — and two nights after Roberto Luongo stopped 33 of 35 in a win over the Kings. So yeah, nice little dynamic at play here. Luongo, who turns 38 in April, was fatigued down the stretch last year and admitted as much following an opening-round playoff loss to the Isles. That was one of the big reasons Florida brought aboard Reimer, inking him to a fairly lucrative five-year, $17 million
Brady Skjei has earned his place on this Rangers team, just as the rookie defenseman has worked for the confidence that has blossomed in his game over the past few weeks. In turn, his performance has created a confidence from his coach that draws a reasonable comparison to captain Ryan McDonagh. “Him and Mac right now, when they’re going back for pucks, both of them have the ability to beat the first forechecker or to skate away from the pressure,” Alain Vigneault said after Monday’s practice, his team coming off a heartening 2-1 victory over the league-leading Capitals on Sunday afternoon at the Garden and preparing to take on the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens (with new coach Claude Julien) Tuesday on Broadway.