The Philadelphia Flyers are in Columbus tonight as they'll take on the Blue Jackets and hope to string together their second win in a row.
Philadelphia has struggled offensively throughout the season and it's in large part because three of their main players, Kevin Hayes, Jake Voracek and James van Riemsdyk have struggled heavily.
Hayes and Voracek have started to rebound lately however JVR continues to disappoint.
After head coach Alain Vigneault was more than patient with him giving him every opportunity, JVR has found himself on the fourth line the last couple of games.
AV isn't ready to give up on van Riemsdyk just yet but doesn't sound like he's ready to give him any more power play time either.
"No doubt in my mind JVR is working real hard, he’s trying to get his game in order. As a staff and a head coach, there’s always that fine line — players say, ‘Give me more ice time and I’ll play better,’ and I say, ‘You play better and I’ll give you more ice time.’ We’ve given him every power play, he’s got one goal so far on the power play.
We’re working with him to help him contribute more. If he contributes more, obviously he’s going to help our team. We’re all working together here to make this team, the Flyers, the best it can be and hopefully we can help JVR play better, also.
Any player, you’ve got to play the right way, you’ve got defend, you’ve got to play the full 200-foot game. JVR’s trademark is he’s a finisher, he’s a goal-scorer, that has to be a part of the repertoire and it’s been a little bit more challenging for him"
The struggling JVR played just 9:57 against Vancouver and 9:06 against Calgary.