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Practice Report: All four lines changed

Changes coming and other news, Notes & Quotes from Flyers practice on Monday

by @NHLFlyers

After a full day of travel on Sunday, the Flyers returned to practice in Raleigh, NC where they will finish their season-long 12-day, six-game road trip. Of significance at practice was that head coach Alain Vigneault has switched up all four lines. 

Below are other notes from the hour-long session:

* With all of the lines scrambled at practice, the first question to come up was the absence of defenseman Justin Braun, who left Saturday's game at Arizona in the third period.

Vigneault announced that Braun will not be in the lineup on Tuesday... and for the foreseeable future. He stated that Braun tweaked his groin and would likely be out until after the player bye week and All-Star break from Jan. 22-29.

* Monday's practice featured line changes to what Vigneault said was an attempt to "spread the wealth" to each line and he also examined some combinations from the past which yielded brief success, particularly Nicolas Aube-Kubel playing up with Kevin Hayes.

VIGNEAULT: "Obviously we're trying to find better combinations that are going to be a little more efficient on the ice... I am also going back to when we had a little bit of success in the sense that going back four or five games when we had Hayes playing with James and Q [Aube-Kubel]. That line was giving us good shifts."

The forward line rushed from practice were as follows:

Giroux - Couturier - Konecny
JvR - Hayes - Aube-Kubel
Pitlick - Raffl - Voracek
Laughton - Vorobyev - Farabee

Hoping to get off to a better start to what the last three games have resulted in, Sean Couturier noted that ending the road trip the right way was of extra importance because of the opponent and position in the standings.

COUTURIER: "It's time to get back on the winning side of things and we can't ask for a better opportunity than Tuesday against the Hurricanes, a big division rivalry game. Hopefully we can get out of here with the two points that they can't get."

The Hurricanes sit one point ahead of the Flyers in the first wild card position, while the Flyers are tied (with Florida) for the second wild card in the East and identical 22-15-5 records.

On the defensive side of things, with Braun out of the lineup on Tuesday, Robert Hagg was taking shifts with Shayne Gostisbehere. More on the D-pairs:

Provorov - Niskanen
Sanheim - Myers
Hagg - Gostisbehere 

* Brian Elliott will get the call in net, Vigneault announced. Elliott has a lifetime mark of 10-6-0 against the Hurricanes with a 2.64 GAA and .908 save percentage. 

* And finally, the World Junior Championships wrapped up on Sunday with a pair of Flyers winning medals. Egor Zamula and Russia earned silver medals after they fell just short in the gold medal game, losing 4-3 decision to Canada. Zamula finished the tournament with five points (2g-3a), a +2 rating and lead the team in ice time through the seven-game tournament.

Meanwhile, Defenseman Adam Ginning, the club's 2nd round pick in 2018 (50th overall), captained Sweden to a bronze-medal winning contest over Finland, 4-3. Ginning posted an assist on the game-tying goal, was a +2 and logged 16:38 in the game.

The pair of medals gives a Flyers prospect a medal at the World Junior Championships for the eighth consecutive year. 

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