Flyers Notes: Peter Laviolette rearranges Flyers' lines

Brayden Schenn, here last season, started the game centering Wayne Simmonds and Tye McGinn.
Brayden Schenn, here last season, started the game centering Wayne Simmonds and Tye McGinn. (YONG KIM / Staff)
Posted: January 24, 2013

NEWARK - Looking for a spark after an 0-2 start, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette scrambled all four lines Tuesday against New Jersey and inserted newcomer Tye McGinn on a line with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers, who scored a total of three goals in their first two games, began Tuesday with these lines:

Claude Giroux centering Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek. Voracek replaced Schenn on the top line.

Sean Couturier centering Ruslan Fedotenko and Matt Read.

Schenn centering McGinn and Simmonds. Schenn and McGinn were linemates with the AHL Phantoms this season.

Scott Laughton centering Max Talbot and Eric Wellwood.

Being reunited with Schenn should help, McGinn said before he made his NHL debut.

"We've played almost half a season together and I know what he likes to do out there, and hopefully he knows what I like to do and we can contribute," said McGinn, a physical player whose brother, Jamie, plays left wing for Colorado. "It's a bonus for me."

McGinn, 22, a fourth-round selection in the 2010 draft, is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound power forward who is built like former Flyer James van Riemsdyk.

"He has a big-body presence and he'll go hard to the net," said Schenn, who was on a power-play unit with McGinn on Tuesday. "I've seen him fight a couple times, too, and he's a pretty tough kid."

Hartnell said he understood why Laviolette shook up the lines.

"We're looking for a little bit of a spark," he said before the game. "It's not like we weren't getting chances, but I think switching things up will get everyone a fresh start."

In another change, defenseman Bruno Gervais replaced Kurtis Foster and was paired with Nick Grossmann early in the game. Foster did not participate in the morning skate.

Briere update

Danny Briere, who skated with the team Tuesday morning, will have his injured left wrist X-rayed again Thursday. There is a possibility he will play Saturday in Florida, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Holmgren said Zac Rinaldo, recovering from a laceration above his right knee, might miss more than a week.


Holmgren said Laughton, 18, has done "little things that would seem to be beyond his years.". . ..The Flyers Wives' Carnival, which raises money for area charities, will be held March 3 at the Wells Fargo Center, and tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.


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