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Lecavalier excited for first game with Flyers

Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 12:23 PM

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

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Lecavalier excited for first game with Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- After a full training camp and a few preseason games, Vincent Lecavalier has grown familiar with his new orange jersey.

However, he said it will be a different feeling when he skates onto the ice here at Wells Fargo Center for his first regular season game as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I'm definitely really excited," Lecavalier said. "Any opening night, especially when it's your first game with a new team, it's definitely extra special. I've never been through it. I've had a lot of great years in Tampa but I'm happy to be here. I think we have a great hockey team and I'm just excited to start."

Lecavalier, who will start centering the second line between Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, said he hasn't needed to change much of his game to adjust to new teammates and a new style of play.

"It's good," he said. "I think [coach Peter Laviolette] has a great style, I think it fits my game very well. I'm excited about it."

Laviolette believes that how the team performs early on should help Lecavalier fit in with his new teammates.

"The best thing you can do is have the team be successful and have that player contributing and they seem to find their way a little quicker in a good environment," he said. "That's the plan. We'd like to get off to a good start tonight and hopefully Vinny is a big piece of that.

"If he goes out and is first star of the game tonight, probably [the adjustment takes] less time."

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