Flyers coach experimenting with lines

Jakub Voracek and the Flyers know they will face a tough road in the new Metropolitan Division.
Jakub Voracek and the Flyers know they will face a tough road in the new Metropolitan Division. (YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: October 06, 2013

MONTREAL - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said he put high-scoring Jake Voracek on the third line Wednesday partly because he wanted him to help jump-start center Sean Couturier and partly because of the winger's recent back injury.

"We're trying to get balance throughout the lineup," Laviolette said after Friday's practice in Voorhees.

The Flyers, trying to rebound from Wednesday's 3-1 opening-night loss to visiting Toronto, play in Montreal on Saturday night.

Laviolette didn't reveal whether Voracek will return to Claude Giroux's top line Saturday, but he sounded like he would still experiment with him on the third unit with Couturier and Max Talbot - and that Brayden Schenn will remain on the No. 1 line.

"There was a lot of success" when Voracek, Talbot and Couturier played together two years ago, Laviolette said. "It gives us a little bit of balance, but nothing is set in stone. We're just looking at things."

Voracek, who led the Flyers with 22 goals last year, said he is fully recovered from injuring his lower back in a preseason game, but that he is still rounding into shape because of the time he missed.

"I hadn't skated for a week, so I feel can still work on things to get to my level," he said.

In Wednesday's defeat, the Flyers fired 73 shots (32 on net), compared with Toronto's 43 (25 on net).

"I'd be a lot more concerned if we weren't getting the opportunities," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "I think we played a good game, certainly well enough to win it, but the bottom line is we didn't. Now we have to find a way to get back on the winning side. I think we made a couple of mistakes in key times that cost us. We have to eliminate those."

"We're not happy with the result," Giroux said of the loss, "but there were a lot of positives out there."


Goalie Steve Mason was the loser in the opener, and Laviolette is expected to turn to Ray Emery on Saturday. . . .Former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov signed a tryout contract with Las Vegas of the ECHL, hoping it leads to an NHL job. . . .The #hartnelldown Foundation, a charity established by Flyers winger Scott Hartnell, is holding an event at Spasso Italian Grill in Old City on Nov. 3. Hartnell will attend what is being called "#chowdown" and will have dinner with guests and hold a question-and-answer session. For more info, call 218-340-7696.

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