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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Canucks

Newsworthy items to come out of both teams morning skate in advance of tonight's game

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers will look to build an eight-game winning streak when they host the Vancouver Canucks on "You Can Play" Night at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. In preparation for the game, the Flyers held a morning skate in Voorhees. 

Here are some notes and news from the morning skate:

* Line rushes at the morning skate suggested that the same lines and defense pairs would hold over from Saturday's 5-4 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers. 

* After an optional practice on Sunday, much of Monday's session was spent reiterating what has been working well on the suddenly red-hot power play (6-for-7 over the last two games). On Sunday, interim head coach Scott Gordon, cited the way the team has been able to outnumber opponents around the net -- as exampled by tallies from Travis Konecny and Wayne Simmonds against Edmonton -- as one of the keys to the team's surge.

SIMMONDS: "We were going about it the right way - getting shots and stuff like that, but the goalies were making saves. Now we're bearing down and putting pucks in the back of the net and we just have to continue down that path."

* Gordon also said that, although the team has a mandatory off-day on Tuesday, he felt that Sunday was a good day for an optional after the team had played four games in six nights.

GORDON: "I coached against Travis Green in Utica and their teams are usually hard-working, play with a lot of pace and they get a lot of pressure on your defense. That's something we have to be prepared for in the first period and make sure we're not getting on our heels like we did against Edmonton."

* A little added rest ahead of playing the Canucks was potentially beneficial. Sunday's only on-ice participants were forwards Mikhail Vorobyev and Phil Varone, Monday backup goaltender Anthony Stolarz, projected healthy scratch Jori Lehterä and injury-rehabbing players Samuel Morin, Corban Knight and Brian Elliott. 

FLYERS LINE PLAY (subject to change)
25 James van Riemsdyk - 28 Claude Giroux - 11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek
21 Scott Laughton - 19 Nolan Patrick -17 Wayne Simmonds
44 Phil Varone - 20 Mikhail Vorobyev - 12 Michael Raffl

9 Ivan Provorov - 6 Travis Sanheim
8 Robert Hägg - 3 Radko Gudas
47 Andrew MacDonald - 53 Shayne Gostisbehere

79 Carter Hart
[41 Anthony Stolarz]

Scratches: 15 Jori Lehterä (healthy), 26 Christian Folin (healthy), 56 Mike McKenna (AHL conditioning assignment), 30 Michal Neuvirth (IR, lower body), 37 Brian Elliott (IR, lower body), 10 Corban Knight (IR, collarbone), 5 Sam Morin (ACL surgery).


BEHIND ENEMY LINES (Quote Courtesy: @Canucks)

For the Canucks, this game is the start of a gauntlet of three games in four nights. After playing the Flyers, the Canucks will visit the Washington Capitals on Tuesday and the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. 

They held a morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center at 11:30. Below are some notes to come out of that skate:

* Left Wing Sven Baertschi is out of the lineup due to what head coach Travis Green said is 'not feeling good', but he does not have a concussion.

* Center Tim Schaller will go in on Bo Horvat's line - Green added that he wanted to have a bigger body in the lineup... Nikolay Goldobin moves up to PP1 in Baertschi's absence.

GREEN: "[Schaller's] a big, strong guy, who's good on the forecheck. I thought our forecheck was a big part of our game the other night and it's going to be again tonight."

* Coming off a stellar 34-save effort against the Avalanche, Jacob Markström is the projected starter in goal for the Canucks against the Flyers, with Thatcher Demko going on Tuesday. 

CANUCKS LINE PLAY (subject to change)
77 Nikolay Goldobin - 40 Elias Pettersson - 6 Brock Boeser
47 Tim Schaller - 53 Bo Horvat - 17 Josh Leivo
26 Antoine Roussel - 20 Brandon Sutter - 18 Jake Virtanen
21 Loui Eriksson - 83 Jay Beagle - 64 Tyler Motte

23 Alexander Edler - 8 Christopher Tanev
27 Ben Hutton - 51 Troy Stecher
5 Derrick Pouliot - 44 Erik Gudbranson

25 Jacob Markström
[35 Thatcher Demko]

Scratches: 55 Alex Biega (healthy), 60 Markus Granlund (healthy), 59 Tim Schaller (healthy).

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