Thursday Morning Skate Notebook

Despite arriving in Philadelphia fairly late after their 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins on Wednesday night, about half of the roster took part in Thursday's morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center. Included in that mix was veteran center Kris Newbury, who was recalled from the Connecticut Whale following last night's game.

It appears Newbury will take Chris Kreider's spot in the lineup Thursday night against the Flyers as Kreider stayed on the ice with Matt Gilroy for extra skating after the others were finished. Kreider played only 7:21 on Wednesday, and was placed on the fourth line after starting the game on the second line with Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan.

This potential lineup changed could not be confirmed after the morning skate since head coach John Tortorella was not scheduled to meet with the media until later in the afternoon. Kreider had played in the first three games of the season, thoug he was held without a point in all three.

The 30 year-old Newbury, who received the good news late last night after helping the Whale earn a 6-5 overtime victory, has bounced between the NHL and AHL every season since 2006-07. He has 66 games of NHL experience with the Rangers, Red Wings, and Maple Leafs, scoring four goals, totaling eight points, and accumulating 123 penalty minutes.

"I've been through this before," Newbury explained after the morning skate Thursday. "I know that I need to bring lots of energy and play a hard, physical game. It's always exciting when you get that call and are given that chance."

Newbury currently leads the Whale with 36 points in 40 games played. He had 15 goals, 21 assists, and 94 penalty minutes this season. A year ago he established career-highs with 25 goals, 39 assists, and 64 points while playing in 65 games with the Whale.


Veteran winger Arron Asham took part in the morning skate after being scratched Wednesday due to a mild groin strain. Asham reported afterwards that he "feels better", but will not play this evening against the Flyers. Instead he is hoping to return for Saturday's match against the Maple Leafs at Madison square Garden.

"Hopefully taking one more day of rest, then have a good skate (Friday), and I'll be ready for Saturday," explained Asham, who added that he tweaked his groin muscle during the first period of his first game of the season this past Sunday at MSG.

"I don't know if it was in the fight (vs. Tanner Glass) or if it happened later in that first period, but it's just one of those things that happens, especially with a short training camp," said Asham. "I'm just lucky it's not really that bad, like I have seen with some other guys."

With Asham and Kreider out, and Newbury in, it looks as though Stu Bickel will once again dress as a fourth line forward and Steve Eminger, who played 6:06 in his season debut Wednesday, will play on defense.

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