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Flyers to separate Giroux, Voracek against Hurricanes @NHL

HURRICANES (7-10-3) at FLYERS (6-9-5)


The Philadelphia Flyers will try two new forward combinations in a quest to rediscover their offense when they play the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

At practice Monday top-line center Claude Giroux was flanked by left wing Michael Raffl and right wing Brayden Schenn. Right wing Jakub Voracek, who has played on Giroux's line for most of the past few seasons, was shifted to right wing on a line with left wing Chris VandeVelde and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

Scott Laughton, who sustained an upper-body injury on his first shift Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, will play Monday. He came out near the end of practice and was confirmed for the lineup by coach Dave Hakstol.

Laughton will play in his regular spot, between Taylor Leier and Sam Gagner. Sean Couturier will stay at center between Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers have been shut out two straight games and three times in their past six. Their 34 non-shootout goals are the fewest in the League and they're averaging 1.70 goals per game, fewest in the League.

Voracek, who was tied for fourth in the League with 81 points last season, has nine points in 20 games this season. He said he was on board with the change.

"Upset? Not at all. [VandeVelde and Bellemare] are great players," Voracek said, according to the Courier-Post. "We didn't score for the last two games so I think [Hakstol] is trying to spread it out and hopefully get the lines going and get some direction. … We've got to spread it out. I think that's the idea of it. Last year when I played a couple shifts with [Bellemare and VandeVelde] we gained some momentum. Hopefully we do that [Monday]."

The Hurricanes, who beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 at PNC Arena on Sunday, had an optional skate Monday that was attended by 10 players, according to the Hurricanes website: forwards Jay McClement, Brad Malone, Chris Terry and Andrej Nestrasil; defensemen Michal Jordan, Noah Hanifin, Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce; and goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack.

Here are the projected rosters:


Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil - Joakim Nordstrom

Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm - Victor Rask

Riley Nash - Jeff Skinner - Kris Versteeg

Nathan Gerbe - Jay McClement - Brad Malone

Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk

John-Michael Liles - Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin - Jaccob Slavin

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Injured: Ryan Murphy (concussion), James Wisniewski (knee)

Scratched: Chris Terry, Michal Jordan


Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Brayden Schenn

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds

Taylor Leier - Scott Laughton - Sam Gagner

Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Jakub Voracek

Michael Del Zotto - Radko Gudas

Nick Schultz - Luke Schenn

Brandon Manning - Shayne Gostisbehere

Michal Neuvirth

Steve Mason

Injured: Ryan White (upper body), R.J. Umberger (foot), Mark Streit (groin), Scott Laughton (upper body)

Scratched: Vincent Lecavalier, Evgeny Medvedev

Status report: Defenseman Tim Gleason is with the Hurricanes on a professional tryout. He spent most of the past nine seasons with the Hurricanes. … At the morning skate the Flyers had Gagner at center on a line with Leier and Lecavalier. But with Laughton playing, Gagner returns to right wing and Lecavalier will be scratched for the fifth straight game.

Who's hot: Faulk has three goals and three assists during his five-game point streak. … Giroux has 23 points in 25 games against the Hurricanes.

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