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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Golden Knights

News, Notes and storylines from both teams at the morning skate

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Looking to snap a four-game winless streak, Alain Vigneault's Flyers (2-3-1) are back in action at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday as the team hosts Gerard Gallant's Vegas Golden Knights (6-3-0).

Below are news and notes from the team's preparations for the game.

* The Flyers held a full morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center after a full day off on Sunday. The skate featured different looks to all four lines, including the NHL debut of 2018 first round pick Joel Farabee and the return of Mikhail Vorobyev.

* Claude Giroux will move back to center from left wing, at least to start the game. The second-leading assist man in franchise history will look to try to get James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek going offensively. This line could be potentially dynamic offensively but has to wary of preventing Las Vegas' deadly transition game from getting counterattacking opportunities.

GIROUX: "Chemistry is a very important thing and it's about finding that chemistry. We're going into our seventh game and we're trying to find it. Who knows, maybe after the first shift we'll go back to the lines that were before. It's the coach's decision and for us we have to be ready for whatever."

* Scott Laughton, who has centered the third line throughout most of the early season, will shift over to left wing... On his wing will be Joel Farabee, the Flyers 2018 first-round pick who will make his NHL regular season debut, and play on the team's top power-play unit.

FARABEE: "I definitely feel a lot more comfortable. Stickhandling in tight, I feel a lot more comfortable with and I'm not afraid to make certain plays now... I'm really excited to be on the power play. I wasn't expecting that so I'm excited for that opportunity."

* Mikhail Vorobyev will play in his first NHL game of the 2019-20 season and the 16th of his career. The 22-year-old center had been playing with more consistent engagement and energy in all three zones for the Phantoms so far this season. His recall enables Vigneault to move Michael Raffl back to his more accustomed spot on a wing.   

VIGNEAULT: "[Scott Gordon] felt that since the beginning of the year, they had been his two best players at both ends of the rink, generating opportunities offensively and playing real well defensively. As you know we're a work-in-progess here, trying to find the right pieces that will go and make this team win, so we decided to make that change."

* Easily the Flyers most effective and productive line over the first four games of the regular season, the duo of Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny will be reunited with Oskar Lindblom for this game. The previous two games, Kevin Hayes centered Lindblom and one of JVR or Voracek.

* With tough guy winger Ryan Reaves in the Las Vegas lineup, Chris Stewart remains in the Flyers lineup... Tyler Pitlick will be a healthy scratch. Against Dallas on Saturday, Stewart dropped the gloves with Jamie Oleksiak. 

* Veteran netminder Brian Elliott will get the start in goal for the Flyers. In two previous starts against Las Vegas, he is 1-1-0 with a 1.53 GAA and .935 save percentage.

LINE PLAY - FLYERS
25 James van Riemsdyk - 28 Claude Giroux - 11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek
21 Scott Laughton - 13 Kevin Hayes - 49 Joel Farabee
12 Michael Raffl - 24 Mikhail Vorobyev - 44 Chris Stewart

9 Ivan Provorov - 15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim - 61 Justin Braun
53 Shayne Gostisbehere - 8 Robert Hägg

37 Brian Elliott
[79 Carter Hart]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES (Quotes Courtesy: @GoldenKnights)
* Vegas bounced back from a 5-2 home loss to Nashville on Tuesday with a 3-2 shootout win at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night. On Saturday, the Golden Knights started a three-games-in-four-nights road trip with a 3-0 shut out of the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

CARRIER: "We're playing really well right now, just got to keep it rolling... I think everyone's working, we're rolling all four lines, we're playing a simple game and we're putting pucks on net."

* To date, Vegas is 9-for-30 on the power play (30.0%, 5th), and a league-leading 33-for-35 (94.3 percent) on the penalty kill. The Golden Knights already have compiled four shorthanded goals; no other NHL team has more than two yet.

GALLANT: "Everybody's blocking shots and that helps out. Still we gave up some chances... Fleury made some unbelievable saves. That's what you need. Our PK's no different than what it was last year, except we're getting some breaks and everything's going good."

* On Sunday, general manager Kelly McCrimmon announced the recall of forward Nicolas Roy from the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves. He is with the Golden Knights in Philadelphia and available to play.

LINE PLAY - GOLDEN KNIGHTS
81 Jonathan Marchessault - 71 William Karlsson - 19 Reilly Smith
67 Max Pacioretty - 26 Paul Stastny - 6 Mark Stone
73 Brandon Pirri - 21 Cody Eakin - 9 Cody Glass
28 William Carrier - 92 Tomas Nosek - 75 Ryan Reaves

3 Brayden McNabb - 27 Shea Theodore
15 Jon Merrill - 22 Nick Holden
45 Jake Bischoff - 5 Deryk Engelland

29 Marc-Andre Fleury
35 Oscar Dansk

Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia or you can listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic.

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