January 6, 2017
After an off day Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers were back on the practice ice Friday morning, their first workout since losing 5-2 to the New York Rangers on Wednesday evening. Head coach Dave Hakstol has decided to shake things up ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The fourth line was the only line to not undergo any changes. Claude Giroux centered Michael Raffl and Matt Read on the top line. Sean Couturier returned to the second line in between Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek. Brayden Schenn centered the third line with Wayne Simmonds with Dale Weise and Nick Cousins alternating rushes on the right wing.
"We're not doing anything drastic," Hakstol said after the morning skate in Voorhees, NJ. "The Couturier line played well before, the other lines had two there in some respects. We feel it's a good time to make changes up front.
"It doesn't matter who we're playing. Our process doesn't change. We'll go out and play a full 60 minutes, do the things that we do, and do them very well."
The Flyers have a tough weekend ahead with the Lightning at home tomorrow and a trip to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who had their 16 game winning streak snapped last night, on Sunday.