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PRACTICE UPDATE: Confident group ready for Panthers

Storylines to emerge from Monday's practice as Flyers continue homestand

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers were back to practice on Monday after a full day off in preparation to continue their five-game homestand on Tuesday (Tickets still available, starting at $39). Next up, the Florida Panthers who are in town early coming from their last game - a 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh.

Below are some news, notes & storylines from practice:

Video: Hear from the team as they prepare for FLA


Coming off a dominant, 8-2 win over the Washington Capitals, not many changes in practice as far as lines and d-pairings. What also isn't changing is the Flyers attitude heading into Tuesday's game, as opposed to Saturday's game vs. Washington after coming off a tough loss to Nashville.

"Well I think everybody in the locker room, knows that winning a game like this doesn't mean anything in a whole season," said Radko Gudas. "It's a good feeling to get the home opener like that, but there's another game on the line tomorrow. A different team, a different approach to it so we have to make sure we turn the page same as we would have lost."

There wasn't much didn't click in the win over the Caps. The most obvious being the puck went in the net… and at even strength. The power-play got on the board, even with only two opportunities, and the penalty kill was perfect for the third time in four games. 

"I think after every game you have to turn the page," said Ivan Provorov. "There's a new opponent and you have to prepare for the next game right after. You take the positives after every game. If there's something negative, you learn from it and then move on. It's a long year, 82 games, you gotta move on right after the games."

What is worth mentioning and very much in the mind of the players in the room is that the game represented a change and growth from previous years, where a loss of that nature would have spilled in the next game.

"You want to go game-by-game and focus in on that exact game. I think that's the best way to look at it," said Voracek. "I think that's what we've been doing so far this year. We didn't get stuck on the game in Nashville. We should've won, but we lost. We beat Washington and now we have Florida tomorrow."


What Saturday's 8-2 win highlighted was the team's goal-scoring ability. Though beyond that win was five goals in Nashville and San Jose. Despite getting shut out in one of the five games (LA in a back-to-back situation), the Flyers are fourth in the league in goals scored (21) and second in goals per-game at 4.20.

"Confidence comes through hard work," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol. "When you put the hard work in and get the results on top of it, obviously it helps it grow and build as well."

With the top line of Giroux-Couturier-Voracek getting most of the attention, and of course a good portion of points, the most contributing factor to the high level of confidence around the room is the ability to roll all four lines, which are more balanced with speed and attack.

"Confidence is a huge thing, especially in hockey. You get one early and the juices are flowing and you just keeping going off of that," said Wayne Simmonds, who is leading the team with five goals. 

"We want to continue the way we've been playing - get pucks up, get our defense to transition the puck up to the forwards [who] are back-tracking so that the defense can transition the puck to the forwards and we can get off and go in the other direction."


Although Tuesday's roster is not known, Travis Sanheim was one of the few remaining players on the ice doing extra work after today's practice.

One big change in the lineup from Saturday was the re-insertion of defenseman Brandon Manning, while Sanheim sat out his first game since opening night in San Jose. 

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol talked a little more about the decision, which was more about what Manning brought to the table, not solely his physicality but a whole body of work, rather anything that he saw in Sanheim's previous three games.

"I think Travis has played well. His play in games and his practices have been good. We try and build our lineup each night to what we think gives us the best opportunity to win that night."

Manning recorded an assist and was a +2 with two shots on goal during 18:14 of ice time in his return to the lineup.

Video: Hear from coach Hakstol as the team prepares for FLA

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