The Philadelphia Flyers officially start life without Wayne Simmonds tonight as they host the Buffalo Sabres. 

While Simmonds won't be in a Flyers uniform, their newest acquisition will. 

Ryan Hartman will debut for Philly tonight playing on the team's third line beside James van Riemsdyk and Scott Laughton. 

While that line should be very interesting, it's a different part of the lineup that's raising some eyebrows. 

Head coach Scott Gordon has decided to go with 11 forwards and 7 defenseman tonight.

Take a look at tonight's projected lineup:


Giroux - Patrick - Konecny 

Lindblom - Couturier - Voracek

van Riemsdyk - Laughton - Hartman

Myers - Knight - Raffl 


Provorov - Sanheim 

Gostisbehere - Gudas 

Hagg - MacDonald