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OTF: Sanheim Stays In

News, Notes & Quotes from the morning skate in Anaheim

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers took the ice for a full skate at the Honda Center after an entire day off to resume their game schedule. Up next, the Ducks who, unlike the Flyers, begin the season on a four-game homestand, but also begin as a group depleted with injuries. For more on the game itself, check out the 5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Ducks about the matchup. 

 Below are a few storylines to come out of the gameday skate…

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Travis Sanheim was once again paired alongside Radko Gudas at the morning skate defending against line rushes, which indicates he'll get in his second straight game after making his NHL debut in LA on Thursday.

"I'm just taking it day-by-day. You can't control certain things," said Sanheim on whether he would or wouldn't be in the lineup. "After the other night I was just hoping to regroup and kind of get refocused and mentally prepare for tonight's game as if I was playing. That's what I did and I'm looking forward to tonight."

 As for his teammates, being paired with a more stay-at-home defenseman in Gudas naturally helps Sanheim use his talents of joining the rush. He also sought some advice from veteran defenseman and the club's alternate captain, Andrew MacDonald, during the game. 

"Something that A-Mac [Andrew MacDonald] told me last game was 'you've played 6-7 games before this, it's just like every other game'," said Sanheim. "I played those preseason games and obviously it's a little faster, but he's like 'Just go out and play your game, you've played 6-7 games before this and it's not any different'. So I just tried to take that advice. I thought I played well in the third the other night and hopefully I can bring some of the same tonight."

As for his partner, Gudas realizes that the first game in the NHL, especially for a defenseman, is the toughest to get acclimated, but the key is to keep things simple and play a consistent game.

"I think he got more comfortable as the game went on so it was good to see him get the shift in the third," added Gudas. "You can count on him and he was doing pretty well. He was supporting the offense as well as he was in the preseason so it was good for him and I'm looking forward to more of that."


First off the ice for both teams were Ducks' netminder John Gibson, who owns a perfect 3-0-0 record against the Flyers, while Brian Elliott took the short skate as well, indicating that he was ready to go in net.

"He helped his team get a win," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol when commenting on Elliott's start in San Jose. "There's several key saves there. He fought hard to make the saves and beyond that I just thought he had a key presence. Like I said, the end result is what really matters. He went out there and helped us get a win in a tough building on the road in night number one."


Puck drop is 10 p.m. and can be viewed on NBC Sports Philadelphia or listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic. For now, check in with Saunders & Coatesy who were at the skate at the Honda Center… Video: Saunders and Coatesy break down PHI vs. ANA


Anaheim was certainly playing with fire in their first of the season. The Ducks were down 2-1 after the first period and 4-1 past the midway point of the second frame before mounting their biggest comeback in a season opening game in franchise history.

After the skate, iron-man forward Andrew Cogliano (787 consecutive NHL games… and counting) talked about the confidence level heading into the game against the Flyers.

"Getting a win is a big difference," said forward Andrew Cogliano on the Ducks' website. "It's a good feeling after being down 4-1. We should feel confident. We're playing a really good team tonight. They're fast and upbeat. It's going to force us to skate."

The Ducks all but officially confirmed that they will be without their injured players who also did not play in the opener, which include captain Ryan Getzlaf, right wing Patrick Eaves and goaltender Ryan Miller.

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