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McGinn to play; Jake moves up; Lavy impersonates LMFAO (sorta), Briere update

by Anthony SanFilippo / Philadelphia Flyers

NEWARK, N.J. – Tye McGinn was so excited Sunday when he found out that there was a very real possibility that he could be making his NHL debut two nights later that he couldn’t keep it a secret from his family.

So he called his parents to spread the good news. That was followed by a phone call to his brother Jamie, a forward for the Colorado Avalanche.

Soon, he was getting congratulations sent to him on Twitter from a bevy of friends and fans.

That’s how quickly news spread.

“I was so excited, I never thought to tell anyone not to put it out on Twitter,” McGinn said. “How can I keep that from my family. I had to tell them.”

No doubt – and no fault to McGinn at all.

And as it turns out, he will make his debut tonight in New Jersey against the Devils, replacing Zac Rinaldo, who was placed on injured reserve with a skate laceration near his right knee that required 20 stitches.

“You never want to see an injury with anyone, but just getting the call – I was happy,” McGinn said. “I was happier to tell [Jamie] because he’s been through it all. {He said], ‘Just go out and play hockey. It’s the same game we’ve ben playing our whole lives.’ That’s probably all I can do.”

McGinn will likely get his first chance to play on a line with Brayden Schenn, who drops from top line winger to third line center tonight, along with Wayne Simmonds on the right.

“He and Brayden played in the minors together and they are comfortable with each other,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “When players get called up, you need to try to put them in positions where their roles fit them. He’s a big power forward who is capable of offense and big physical plays, we want to make sure to put him in a situation where we can utilize that.”

McGinn hopes to bring that physical presence to the lineup to help the team offensively, where it has struggled.

“I try to be a power forward and be a big body and go to the net,” he said. “I try to bring a bigger presence out there. Hopefully I’ll score a couple goals and do what I got to do to help the team win.”


With Schenn moving off the top line, Jake Voracek will be like George and Weezie and will be movin' on up.

He will get chance to play on a top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

“No offense to Brayden, but Jake’s got a little more speed on the wing which will open up some space for [Giroux] to make plays,” Hartnell said. “He can make plays with a lot of enthusiasm. We all compliment each other really well and we’ve spent some time together. We just have to get out there and make things happen – that’s what we’re lacking right now. Hopefully Jake will jump start [Giroux] and I.”


Another change to the lineup tonight will have Bruno Gervais on defense in place of Kurtis Foster.

Foster did not skate with the Flyers this morning, and general manager Paul Holmgren referred to it as a “maintenance day” for Foster.

Gervais was signed as a free agent this summer and is also a right-handed defenseman, but he doesn’t have the cannon that Foster has from the point.

Gervais is a faster skater and a better puck-mover than Foster though, so it could be a good trade off for the Flyers, who really struggled with breakouts againt the Devils in the playoffs last season.


Laviolette never discusses lineup changes in advance of the game, but, in the spirit of LMFAO (you know, "Every Day I'm Shufflin'" lines) he did have this to say:

“We talked about things and certainly when you are finding yourself not having the results that you want, the sense of urgency goes up and I think that’s where we are at,” he said. “When you find success you tend to leave things alone and when your not getting the success you want – offensively, 5-on-5 it needs to be a little bit better – and without any exhibition games we’re looking at line combinations to see where we are at.”

Not as fiery as he usually is, but that will suffice as our Lavvy “Play With Some Jam” quote of the day.


Danny Briere practiced with the team Tuesday, but he will not play tonight. He took a regular shift in practice with extra forwards Jody Shelley and Tom Sestito. Briere is targeting a weekend return to the lineup.

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