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Voracek and Timonen likely to return Tuesday against New Jersey

It seems as though things are starting to brighten up in Philadelphia. 

As warmer weather has started to show it's face in the City of Brotherly Love, so too have the smiles.

Especially when in reference to the city's hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the team already riding high on some impressive showings last week, the good news keeps on coming. 

On Tuesday morining, it was reported by several sources that the team's de-facto leader, Kimmo Timonen and one of the club's young forwards, Jakub Voracek were expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils. 

It will be the first time since March 1st that Timonen will be in the lineup. 

While not much is known about his injury what is known is that he perenially plays through pain.

When looking back at his diminishing ice-time in the games prior to his injury, it becomes clear that he was probably battling through it for an extended period of time. 

In addition to Timonen, Voracek will return for the first time since the team's March 6 game against the Detroit Red Wings.

He suffered an 'upper-body injury' when Detroit's physical defenseman, Niklas Kronwall leveled him while he was chasing a puck in the defensive zone.

Timonen will play in place of AHL call-up Brandon Manning and Voracek will take Jody Shelley's spot in the lineup.

With the two players assumed to be returning tonight, there are still some pieces out.

Andrej Meszaros is assumed to have some sort of minor setback; CSN's Tim Panaccio reported that he was seen walking with a limp at the practice facility. 

No news on when he will return.

On a positive note, Pavel Kubina practiced on Tuesday, but will not play against the Devils. 

There is no news on when he will return, but the fact that he is practicing means it's safe to assume he is close.



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