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OTF: Lineup Changes at San Jose

Konecny out; Raffl, Gordon in as Flyers tweak lineup in San Jose

by @NHLFlyers

DEC. 30
1:38 p.m. PT

Following the team's morning skate, some lineup changes came out for tonight's Flyers-Sharks game at San Jose.

At the forefront, forward Michael Raffl will be in the lineup, returning from his lower-body injury he suffered at New Jersey prior to the holiday break. As will forward Boyd Gordon, who did not play the last three games and six of the last seven.

Rookie forward Travis Konecny will be out of the lineup tonight for the first time this season. Konecny has appeared in all 37 games for the Flyers, recording 18 points (4g-14a) in that stretch, which is tied for seventh among all rookies in the NHL. His 18 points are also fifth on the Flyers in scoring, while his 14 assists are tied for third.

"There's nothing negative about him being out of the lineup, it's just an opportunity and another way of developing and growing," said head coach Dave Hakstol. "As you get to this time of year when you play against teams that are very sound and consistent through 60 minutes, there's little things that he needs to do a little bit better on a consistent basis and that's with the puck and without the puck."

"It's all part of the game and the learning process," said Konecny to "It doesn't really matter what I did in the game it's the little details that I haven't been doing. It's a good opportunity for me to watch, learn and fix parts of my game. Hopefully, come right back into the lineup."

On defense, Radko Gudas will not be in the lineup, as GM Ron Hextall announced he is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Gudas did take part in the morning skate and was out there for a lengthy period of time with the extras, which included Matt Read and Michal Neuvirth.

Gudas has appeared in the last nine games for the Flyers and has a total of 10 points (1g-9a) in 28 games this season.

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