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Flyers hold optional skate; projected lineup for opener

Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 12:16 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Flyers hold optional skate; projected lineup for opener

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers held an optional skate Wednesday morning, with only nine players taking the ice ahead of their game Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. But that was OK with coach Peter Laviolette.

"It was their choice," he said. "We've been practicing hard here, going at it pretty hard here. Whatever they wanted to do to get ready to play."

It's been a long time since the Flyers played a meaningful game, and a few players said they felt a little extra jump in their step when they got to the arena Wednesday.

"It's been a while waiting here," captain Claude Giroux said. "A long summer. You think about it a lot in the summer. Last year, not being happy with the results, every day thinking about it, and today's the day. I think everybody is pretty excited."

Here is the lineup the Flyers likely will use Wednesday:

Jakub Voracek - Claude Giroux - Scott Hartnell

Wayne Simmonds - Vincent Lecavalier - Brayden Schenn

Maxime Talbot - Sean Couturier - Matt Read

Jay Rosehill - Adam Hall - Zac Rinaldo

Braydon Coburn- Kimmo Timonen

Luke Schenn - Mark Streit

Nicklas Grossmann - Andrej Meszaros

Steve Mason

Ray Emery

Scratched: Scott Laughton, Erik Gustafsson, Hal Gill

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