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Practice Report: Vorobyev Enters

News, notes & storylines to come out of practice ahead of their game vs. Coyotes

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

Looking to build a six-game winning streak come Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers practiced at the Skate Zone in Voorhees at noon on Wednesday.

Here are some notes and quotes from the day:

* Brian Elliott will get the start in goal for the Flyers, making his first start of the December schedule. Elliott went 4-0-2 in November with a 2.24 GAA and .924 SV%. In tandem with Carter Hart, who was stellar against Toronto on Tuesday, Elliott has helped bring stability back to the team's goaltending.

GOSTISBEHERE (on goaltending): "Hartsy and Moose [Brian Elliott] have been big for us all season. It's not just us out there. They've been saving some games, keeping us in some games."

* With Michael Raffl (broken right pinkie finger) unavailable for four weeks, Joel Farabee will get an opportunity to join the Flyers' penalty kill rotation. During Rookie Camp in September, the first-year pro said that he views his long-term future in the NHL being more as a penalty killing regular than as a power play regular. Farabee was a force on the PK at both the international level for Team USA's Under-18 and Under-20 national teams as well as in collegiate hockey for Boston University and during his short AHL stint with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

* Raffl's injury has also created an opportunity for third-year pro center Mikhail Vorobyev. Raffl has been placed on long-term injured reserve and Vorobyev has been recalled -- for the third time this season, and fifth time in the last two seasons -- from the Phantoms. He has played very well at times at the AHL level but has been unable thus far to sustain it for more than a game or two in his looks at the NHL level.

* Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said after practice that he was undecided as to whether to start 12 forwards (including Vorobyev) on Thursday against Arizona or to go with seven defensemen and double-shift forwards such as Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes onto the fourth line in addition to their regular line combinations. One thing he is not imminently planning to do is separate Scott Laughton from Hayes' line and move Laughton back to center in order to fill the vacancy on the fourth line.

Vigneault: "I like how that [Hayes] line has been growing, has been evolving and building chemistry. There's a likability to that line to me. I'm not saying I might not change my mind [eventually], because I've changed it before. But for now, I'd like to keep that line together."

WEDNESDAY'S LINE RUSHES
28 Claude Giroux - 48 Morgan Frost - 11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek
21 Scott Laughton - 13 Kevin Hayes - 49 Joel Farabee
25 James van Riemsdyk - 24 Mikhail Vorobyev - 18 Tyler Pitlick

9 Ivan Provorov - 15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim - 61 Justin Braun
53 Shayne Gostisbehere - 5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hägg - 44 Chris Stewart

37 Brian Elliott
79 Carter Hart

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