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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Blues

Lineup changes and other storylines to come out of the morning skate

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

The Flyers held a morning skate at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Thursday in preparation for playing the St. Louis Blues in what will be Philly's final road game of the season. 

 

Here are some storylines to emerge from both teams this morning:

* As expected, Brian Elliott will get the start in goal against his former team with Carter Hart serving as back up.

* The Flyers will dress seven defensemen for the game. The healthy scratches are forward Justin Bailey and defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

* Nolan Patrick did not skate in the morning session.

* Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon said that, apart from the team falling into an early 2-0 deficit in Dallas on Tuesday, he liked the way the team played in the first and especially the second period of that game. He wants to see the team continue to play with pace against the Blues, and also to attack the net more.

GORDON: "In our offensive zone time, we want to take another step toward something that I have made a theme for these final games: offensively, we need to stop taking the puck away from the net. Let's get it to the net, whether it's from behind the net or the half-wall."

LINE PLAY (Flyers - subject to change)

Giroux - Couturier - Konecny

van Riemsdyk - Laughton - Voracek

Lindblom - Knight - Hartman

Raffl - Varone

 

Provorov - Sanheim

Gostisbehere - Myers

Hägg - Gudas

Morin

 

Elliott 

Hart

 

BEHIND ENEMY LINES (Quotes Courtesy: @StLouisBlues)

The Blues, who played in Chicago on Wednesday in a game that went to a shootout, did not skate. 

* Craig Berube's club rallied back from a two-goal deficit in the third period and scored late to force OT before the Blackhawks prevailed via shootout. With one point from the game in Chicago, the Blues are a point behind the Nashville Predators for home ice advantage in a first-round playoff series. Both teams have two games remaining and are in dead heat in the ROW category (41-41).

* The Flyers will face former teammate to many, Brayden Schenn, and Patrick Maroon. However, Michael Del Zotto will not in the mix tonight.

MAROON: "Just to see where we came from, from the bottom of the standings in January to we can finish first in our division says a lot about this team. It says we have good character guys in here. It says we never gave up. We believe in each other. I'm very proud of these guys - we responded very well."

* Jake Allen got the start in Chicago. The Flyers are likely to face Jordan Binnington, who earned a shutout at the Wells Fargo Center in his NHL debut on Jan. 7.

 

LINE PLAY (Blues - subject to change)

10 Brayden Schenn - 90 Ryan O'Reilly - 91 Vladimir Tarasenko

17 Jaden Schwartz - 70 Oskar Sundqvist - 57 David Perron

7 Patrick Maroon - 21 Tyler Bozak - 18 Robert Thomas

12 Zach Sanford - 49 Ivan Barbashev - 20 Alexander Steen

 

29 Vince Dunn - 27 Alex Pietrangelo

19 Jay Bouwmeester - 55 Colton Parayko

4 Carl Gunnarsson - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

 

50 Jordan Binnington

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