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Travel Blog: Game Day in Lausanne

Flyers play their final preseason game against Lausanne HC

by @NHLFlyers

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* The Flyers held their first "morning skate" in Europe and it was the first chance to see and test out the brand new Vaudoise arena, where the local team (and tonight's opponent) plays - Lausanne HC.

* While this is the first game of the trip, it's the final preseason game and captain Claude Giroux knows all too well to not take this game lightly.

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GIROUX: "We're not satisfied with the way we played in preseason, but we have one more game here and we need to play better as a team. I think starting from game one to the last game we got better and we need to have a good mindset [against Lausanne HC]."

* The game will be played on a European/Olympic sized rink, which is nearly the same length-wise, but approximately 15 feet wider width, leaving plenty of room on the wings and through the neutral zone.

VIGNEAULT: "That's why [yesterday] we did a little scrimmage, to get our guys used to it. We've only had two practices so hopefully, we'll be good."

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* Hart will get the start with Elliott serving as back up and Alex Lyon will not dress but be the club's emergency back up.

* Towards the end of the morning skate, Swiss music star, Bastian Baker, took to the ice with a few of the assistant coaches, as well as Chris Stewart, Tyler Pitlick and fired a few pucks on goaltender Alex Lyon.

Below is the roster for tonight's game:


11 - Travis Konecny                         RW

12 - Michael Raffl                             RW

13 - Kevin Hayes                               C

14 - Sean Couturier                         C

21 - Scott Laughton                         C

23 - Oskar Lindblom                        RW

25 - James van Riemsdyk                              LW         

28 - Claude Giroux                           LW

49 - Joel Farabee                              RW

81 - Carsen Twarynski                    LW

82 - Connor Bunnaman                  C

93 - Jakub Voracek                          RW



6 - Travis Sanheim 

8 - Robert Hagg

9 - Ivan Provorov

53 - Shayne Gostisbehere

55 - Samuel Morin

61 - Justin Braun



37 - Brian Elliott

79 - Carter Hart

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