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Practice Report: Splitting duties and power play momentum

News, Notes & Storylines to emerge as the Flyers resumed practice on Monday

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

11/4 PRACTICE: Players

Hear from Voracek, van Riemsdyk and Hayes

Hear from Voracek, van Riemsdyk and Hayes following practice

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In preparation for hosting the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, the Flyers held practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees late on Monday morning. The team will not hold a morning skate on Tuesday, so here are some news and notes from the session.

* Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Carter Hart would get the start in goal on Tuesday. Vigneault said that with four games upcoming with the next week, the plan right now is for Hart and Brian Elliott to start two apiece.

* All forward line combinations, power play personnel and defense pairs from Saturday's game against Toronto remained intact at practice on Monday. Vigneault indicated that Tyler Pitlick would remain in the lineup. Chris Stewart and Robert Hägg are the probably scratches against the Hurricanes. 

* As a refresher, the lines at practice were as follows:

van Riemsdyk - Giroux - Farabee
Lindblom - Couturier - Konecny
Raffl - Hayes - Voracek
Twarynski - Rubtsov - Pitlick

Provorov - Niskanen
Gostisbehere - Braun
Sanheim - Myers

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

* Farabee said that one difference he's noticed -- and one adjustment he's been making -- from the preseason to the regular season is the moves that comes next after he makes an initial offensive-zone forray.

FARABEE: "A lot of times I'd make a play and then I'd let the D just kind of seal me off, and I would be ready to re-attack. So I think a big thing is getting rid of the puck and then working hard to get open again."

* Voracek said that he felt the Flyers overall 5-on-5 dominance late in the first period and for the majority of the second period onward in the Toronto game started with the team's success on the power play carrying over to subsequent shifts when five-on-five play resumed.

VORACEK: "That's a big thing with specialty teams, is you're looking to create momentum from it."

* Vigneault challenged veteran defensive-minded defenseman Justin Braun to elevate his level of play compared to some of his recent games. Although Braun's analytics on the season are not bad to the eye (52.8 percent Corsi rating) and the Flyers PDO (goalie save percentage +) opposing shooting percentage is artificially low when he's been on the ice (89.6 percent), neither the coach nor the player himself believe Braun has been at his best of late.

* Finally, with the Hurricanes dropping into Philly it's an opportunity for a family reunion. James van Riemsdyk will face off against brother Trevor van Riemsdyk on Tuesday.

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