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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
 

VORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens is leaning toward some new line combinations for Game 4, as his desperate team attempts to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Penguins.

Stevens used his top two centers, Mike Richards and Daniel Briere, on the same line with winger Scott Hartnell today during a 40-minute workout at the team's practice facility in Vorhees. Briere has no goals and just two shots in the series. Vinny Prospal (no goals in the series) was moved from Briere's line to a unit with R.J. Umberger and Joffrey Lupul.

"At this point in the playoffs, it's not about you, it's about the team," Briere said. "If (Stevens) thinks that's the best way to go, it's the best way to go. ... If it works, great."

The line of Scottie Upshall, Jeff Carter and Mike Knuble remained intact. Stevens likely will scratch fourth-line winger Steve Downie, whose turnovers have led to Penguins goals in each of the past two games. Patrick Thoresen, who had a costly turnover in Game 1, is expected to replace Downie.

Meanwhile, injured defenseman Braydon Coburn practiced and could play tonight. He was hit in the face with a deflected shot in Game 2 and missed Game 3. Still sporting a badly swollen and nearly shut left eye, he said his status likely will be determined in the pre-game warm-up.

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