Brayden Schenn showing older brother the ropes with the Flyers

ASSOCIATED PRESS Luke Schenn (22) celebrates with Danny Briere (foreground) after assisting on Wayne Simmonds' goal in the opening minute of the Flyers' 5-2 loss in Toronto.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Luke Schenn (22) celebrates with Danny Briere (foreground) after assisting on Wayne Simmonds' goal in the opening minute of the Flyers' 5-2 loss in Toronto.
Posted: February 13, 2013

TORONTO - Nearly 2 years younger, Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has relied on his older brother, Luke, to help navigate the ropes of the NHL. Luke Schenn had nearly 150 NHL games under his belt by the time Brayden finally got his chance with the Flyers last season.

This year, the protégé has guided the veteran.

"He's got a little seniority with the Flyers," Luke Schenn said with a smile. "He's showed me the ways a little bit."

Brayden was traded to the Flyers from Los Angeles in 2011. He knows what it's like to adjust to a new team. But even he could not prepare his older brother for the circus-like reception in the hockey mecca that is Toronto on Monday night in his first game back since being traded for James van Riemsdyk last summer. Luke Schenn was surrounded by nearly 30 reporters and cameras after the Flyers' pregame skate at Air Canada Centre.

"There's no market like it," Luke said.

"There's a lot that goes into it, when you're involved in a big market like Toronto or Philadelphia," Brayden said. "He knows. He's been around this media circus for the last 4 years."

Luke Schenn sold his place in Toronto over the summer, making a clean break from a city and organization where he was thrown into the fire only 4 months after being drafted in 2008. He did not want to delve into details about whether his 4-year run was successful.

He acknowledged, though, that a fresh start was welcomed. Former Leafs coach Ron Wilson skated him more than 20 minutes a night in 2 out of the 4 years, before cutting him back to just about 16 minutes. Luke's ice time, and likely confidence, remained at the same level even when Wilson was fired halfway through last year.

"I'm not going to get into it too much," Luke said. "I had a great experience in Toronto; I'm very thankful for the opportunity. I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. It was a great place to play hockey, to experience this market. Obviously, they moved on. I'm pretty happy in my new place."

Through his first 12 games with the Flyers, Luke averaged 20:37 minutes per game. He entered the game leading the NHL in hits with 48.

"I'm feeling good," Luke said. "You get a little more opportunity and you don't think about the negative thoughts as much."

Luke said that if he had to pick a place to get traded, Philadelphia would be the spot. Aside from the teammates his brother has introduced, Luke played on the same World Junior team for Canada in 2008 with Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds in the Czech Republic.

The Schenns' parents, Jeff and Rita, and two sisters, were in Philadelphia last week to visit for a little more than a week. The two brothers live in the same building in Philadelphia, separated by about 10 floors, but otherwise, they're inseparable.

"We're pretty much together 24/7, breakfast right through supper, and we do it all," Brayden said. "We're not sick of each other yet."

Bryz back-to-back?

With a 2 1/2-hour flight to Canada's prairie land that didn't have the Flyers on the ground until after midnight on Tuesday morning, many assumed Peter Laviolette would turn to Brian Boucher to give Ilya Bryzgalov Tuesday night off against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Flyers' poor second period, in which they allowed three goals by Toronto in the first 7 minutes, may have thrown a wrench into that plan.

Boucher replaced Bryzgalov after Clarke MacArthur made it 4-1, for Boucher's first appearance with the Flyers since May 4, 2011. The goals were not Bryzgalov's fault.

Perhaps, with half the game for Bryzgalov to rest and recover, Laviolette will go back to him against the Jets. It would be the third time this season Bryzgalov has started both games of a back-to-back set. Bryzgalov is 3-1-1 in his career against Winnipeg, though he's allowed 13 goals on 117 shots (.889 save percentage).

Before the swap on Tuesday night, Bryzgalov had yielded the net for only 59 minutes this season. Backup Michael Leighton remains out for a week to 10 days with a possible fracture in his right ring finger.

Couturier scratched

Forward Sean Couturier was a late scratch from the lineup with the flu, according to the team. It was strange, since Couturier did partake in the Flyers' pregame skate at Air Canada Centre earlier in the day. Usually, the team would rather quarantine a player at the hotel to try to prevent other players from getting sick.


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