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Carcillo in Flyers' lineup for Game 2

by Mike G. Morreale /
CHICAGO -- Dan Carcillo reportedly is returning to the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS).

Carcillo's name had been mentioned in numerous Philadelphia-based newspapers Monday morning, but the player he'd replace was the big unknown. It is being reported that rookie James van Riemsdyk will be a healthy scratch to make room for Carcillo.

"Coach (Peter Laviolette) told me (Sunday)," Carcillo told the media following the team's practice at United Center Monday. "I know who I'm playing with, but I can't talk about it (with the media). I'm excited to be in the lineup and really happy and can't wait to get out there."

Van Riemsdyk, meanwhile, wasn't sure if he'd be in or out the lineup Monday night. The third-line wing finished with a minus-2 rating in 9:25 of ice time totaling 16 shifts in Game 1. He didn't generate any shots on goal.

"Obviously, when you lose you're always looking to shake something up to maybe win the game," he said. "Yeah, I don't know. That's up to him if he decides to do that."

Laviolette wasn't going to reveal any lineup changes at his morning press conference.

"I haven't commented on my lineup (for Monday)," Laviolette said.

Laviolette did, however, praise Carcillo for his ability to draw opposing players into taking penalities. According to, Carcillo ranked second during the regular season in minors drawn (42) as compared to minors he was drawn into taking (17). Perhaps that figures into his being inserted into the lineup for the first time in three games.

"Danny doesn't cross that line too much," Laviolette said. "In fact, it goes the other way. I believe he finished top three in the penalties he draws as opposed to the penalties he takes. It was like a plus-25 rating. Danny Carcillo has done an excellent job with his discipline when he's been in the lineup. He plays an aggressive game, can agitate a little bit and be physical. He's done an excellent job of controlling his game and keeping it legal."

Whatever Laviolette chooses to do, his impeccable decision-making this postseason has certainly proven that he has his finger on the pulse of this Flyers team.

He's made all the right calls.

He reinserted Simon Gagne back into the lineup following a four-game absence for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Bruins and the Philly veteran scored the game-winner in overtime of a 5-4 victory. Then there was the return of Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter in Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens in the conference final -- they played an inspirational role in a 3-0 victory.

And lest we forget his decision to have goalie Michael Leighton, a guy who hadn't played in almost two months, back up then-starter Brian Boucher in Game 5 against the Bruins. It would mark his first game back on the bench since March 16. Talk about timing -- Boucher would suffer his knee injuries in the second period and Leighton would shut the door the remainder of the game in a 4-0 triumph.

"He's a done a great job with pushing the right buttons and I think our team in general has done a great job of responding no matter what happens," van Riemsdyk said. "We have a lot of great guys in this locker room and we always find a way no matter what happens the game before to find a way to bounce back."

Laviolette is obviously hoping for a similar spark by having the team's top agitator do his thing following a 6-5 loss in Game 1. Carcillo, the Flyers' fiery and energetic wing who had been given top-line duty alongside Richards and Gagne before Carter's return, was a healthy scratch the last three games after generating just three points in his last 11 contests. He wasn't a healthy scratch all year but did serve a four-game suspension in December and two-game suspension in April.

Carcillo is obviously a player the Blackhawks will have to be aware of on the ice. He leads the Flyers with 30 penalty minutes this postseason.
"Coach (Peter Laviolette) told me (Sunday).  I know who I'm playing with, but I can't talk about it (with the media). I'm excited to be in the lineup and really happy and can't wait to get out there." -- Daniel Carcillo

"He's one of those players that is known around the League for being a pretty good agitator, but you can't sell him short though, he's got pretty good skills," Chicago forward Troy Brouwer told "He has some good speed so he can be a dangerous player in that aspect. He doesn't necessarily change the dynamic of our game; we're still going to do what we need to do to try and win, but with a player like that, you do have to be aware when he's on the ice."

Carcillo has been champing at the bit to make his return. To get that chance in a Stanley Cup Final, is even added motivation.

"You don't want to be in the (penalty) box against this team so you just need to stay away from the stuff after the whistle and keep the elbows down on hits," Carcillo said. "I don't think it'll be hard not to take penalties (Monday). I'm just going to play my game and everyone knows what my game is. Just be physical and get in on the forecheck. I'm looking to make a difference as is everyone in this room. Whether that be scoring or whether that be going out there and banging everyone I see -- it's pretty standard stuff for me."

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