Skip to content

Panthers’ Kovalev a healthy scratch tonight vs. Flyers

Feb 7, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

KovalevPanthers

Veteran forward Alexei Kovalev will be a healthy scratch for the Panthers tonight in Philadelphia, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

Kovalev, who turns 40 in two weeks, has been mired in a funk since posting a one-goal, two-assist effort in Florida’s 5-1 season-opening victory against Carolina.

The Russian winger has just one point — a goal against Winnipeg — in eight games since and has posted a minus-4 rating over that time.

Slumping aside, it’s curious to note that head coach Kevin Dineen was still using Kovalev extensively over the last two weeks.

He played a season-high 21:22 in a loss to Ottawa on Jan. 24 and, in a 4-3 win over Buffalo on Sunday, played 17:33 — the only forwards to receive more ice time were Tomas Fleischmann and Stephen Weiss.

In other Panthers news, Richards reports tonight could be the regular season debut for defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

If Gudbranson can go, sounds like Keaton Ellerby will likely draw out of the lineup.

Latest Posts
  1. No hearing scheduled for Jones after charging Smith

    Oct 22, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

    Anaheim Ducks v Philadelphia Flyers Anaheim Ducks v Philadelphia Flyers

    Incident occurred during Tuesday’s Flyers-Blackhawks game.

  2. Lawyer: ‘Mr. Voynov never hit the woman’

    Oct 22, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

    Slava Voynov AP

    “I think if the authorities act properly and do a complete investigation, they will have to find that charges are not warranted.”

  3. Veteran NHLer Staubitz signs in Germany

    Oct 22, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT

    Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars Getty Images

    With second division outfit EV Landshut.

  4. Miller on Benn goal: ‘I have done a lot of stupid things, but that is a new one’

    Oct 22, 2014, 9:11 AM EDT

    Ryan Miller Getty Images

    Canucks coach Willie Desjardins fought against the idea that Dallas got lucky last night.

  5. NHL on NBCSN: Hungry Flyers set sights on rival Penguins

    Oct 22, 2014, 8:35 AM EDT

    Sidney Crosby AP

    Maybe this is what Philadelphia needs.

  6. Video: Klein the unlikely OT hero for Rangers

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Klein AP

    Wonder if the Devils fan behind him was a face-painter?

  7. Sharks ‘let one slip away’ in Boston

    Oct 22, 2014, 1:11 AM EDT

    Daniel Paille, Antti Niemi, Marc-Edouard Vlasic AP

    Had the lead going into the third period.

  8. Video: Raanta shuts out flat Flyers in emergency start

    Oct 22, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

    Antti Raanta AP

    Do a little dance. Make some big saves. Shut out tonight.

  9. Halak: ‘One of those nights where everything goes wrong’

    Oct 21, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

    Roman Polak, Dion Phaneuf AP

    Toronto took this one over in the second period.

  10. Video: Habs continue winning ways with OT victory over Red Wings

    Oct 21, 2014, 10:54 PM EDT

    David Desharnais #51 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his second period goal during the NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre on February 2, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
(February 1, 2013 - Source: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    David Desharnais with his first of the season.

  11. Video: Stars chase Ryan Miller from Canucks crease

    Oct 21, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Ryan Miller AP

    It’s gone from bad to worse for Vancouver.

Featured video

Flyers have many concerns

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Datsyuk (3352)
  2. J. Spezza (2854)
  3. J. Drouin (2815)
  4. S. Varlamov (2788)
  5. E. Kane (2706)
  1. M. Gaborik (2570)
  2. E. Staal (2467)
  3. V. Hedman (2181)
  4. P. Dupuis (2163)
  5. P. Stastny (2065)