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PRESEASON: Game roster for Flyers vs. NY Islanders and camp schedule

The puck drops at 7PM at Wells Fargo Center. Tune in on NBCSP and 97.5 The Fanatic

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Flyers vs. NY Islanders Wells Fargo Center, 7 p.m. TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic 
GAME ROSTER 10:30 am (Flyers Ice)  

Following the team's morning skate, below are some news & notes to prepare you for tonight's game:

* Busy Bodies: The Flyers have a slate of three games in four nights and four games in six... Vigneault indicated after Sunday's practice that the line combinations that appeared at the mid-morning practice session (minus two defensemen) would remain intact for Monday's game (The afternoon group, minus veteran stars Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier, would start Tuesday's game).

* Hayes and Braun debut: Monday's game marks the informal introduction -- the "official" one will come in the Oct. 9 regular season Wells Fargo Center opener -- of offseason acquisition Kevin Hayes to the home crowd. During camp, Hayes has regularly played at practice with longtime friend James van Riemsdyk on his left wing. For Monday's game, Jakub Voracek will ride shotgun on right wing... Additionally, fans at the Wells Fargo Center will get their first look at veteran defenseman Justin Braun on Monday. The right-handed defensive defenseman has been paired throughout camp to date with left-handed offensive defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. Video: Hear from Farabee, Morin and Vigneault

* The goalie plan: Veteran netminder Brian Elliott will get the start in goal for the Flyers on Monday. Midway through the second-period, Alex Lyon will enter the game and go the rest of the way. 

* Young Showing: The Flyers top line during Rookie Camp featured 2017 first-round pick Morgan Frost centering 2017 second-round selection Isaac Ratcliffe on left wing and 2018 first-rounder Joel Farabee. The line dominated at times during the Rookies Game against the Islanders' prospects on Sept 11... Frost however will not play due to his lower-body injury... German Rubtsov, who had a consistently solid Rookie and NHL Camp to date, will get the opportunity on Monday to center a line with Oskar Lindblom, while Mikhail Vorobyev, who opened last season on the NHL roster, will also be in Monday's lineup. 

* Team Defense: Last year, the Islanders went from 31st (dead last) in the NHL in team goals against average all the way up to No. 1. That is how dramatic the effect was of hiring Trotz as head coach. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. 

* Himself a former Jack Adams Award winner, Vigneault and new assistant coach Mike Yeo (defense and penalty kill coach) face a similar task in trying to get a Flyers team that ranked 29th in team GAA last year to buy into consistent commitment to and execution of a 200-foot game. 

FLYERS LINE PLAY (subject to change)
JVR - Hayes - Voracek
Lindblom - Rubtsov - Stewart
Ratcliffe - O'Reilly - Farabee
Sushko - Vorobyev - Criscuolo

Gostisbehere - Braun
Morin - Welinski
Zamula (or Bigras) - Myers


13 - Kevin Hayes C
23 - Oskar Lindblom RW
24 - Mikhail Vorobyev C
25 - James van Riemsdyk LW  
44 - Chris Stewart RW  
46 - Cal O'Reilly C
49 - Joel Farabee RW
50 - German Rubtsov C
51 - Kyle Criscuolo RW
64 - Maksim Sushko
76 - Isaac Ratcliffe LW
93 - Jakub Voracek RW 

3 - Andy Welinski
5 - Philippe Myers  
20 - Chris Bigras
53 - Shayne Gostisbehere
54 - Egor Zamula
55 - Samuel Morin
61 - Justin Braun
63 - Mason Millman 

32 - Felix Sandstrom 3
4 - Alex Lyon  
* 37 - Brian Elliott 


• Head coach Alain Vigneault announced Brian Elliott will start tonight vs. NYI - he will not skate in the morning.

• SEPT. 15: 48 - Morgan Frost C (lower body, day-to-day) 70 - Gerry Fitzgerald C (lower body, day-to-day) 74 - Egor Serdyuk RW (lower-body, day-to-day)
• SEPT. 13: 18 - Tyler Pitlick C (wrist surgery) 19 - Nolan Patrick C (upper body) 74 - Ben McCartney LW (lower-body)

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