Flyers Notes: Flyers search for answers without Lecavalier

Flyers left wing Tye McGinn. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Flyers left wing Tye McGinn. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Posted: December 11, 2013

OTTAWA, Ontario - The Flyers had one of the NHL's least-productive offenses with Vinny Lecavalier in the lineup, so how will they pick up the slack without the gifted veteran center?

They are about to find out.

Entering Monday, the Flyers were 2-5 in games that Lecavalier had missed. They may be without him for another month because of a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.

"We've got enough good players in here to win games," coach Craig Berube said before the Flyers faced Ottawa on Monday. "We're going to miss him, for sure. But others have to step up."

The Flyers recalled 6-foot-2, 205-pound left winger Tye McGinn from the AHL's Phantoms and placed the 6-4, 215-pound Lecavalier on the injured reserve. McGinn, recalled for the third time this season, did not play Monday.

In six games with the Flyers earlier this season, McGinn had three goals. He had five goals in 18 games with Adirondack.

"We'll get him in there," Berube said. "He's a big body and he has the ability to put the puck in the net."

Lecavalier centered the second line and was the team's top scorer on the power-play unit with five goals.

Assistant coach Joey Mullen conceded that the power play "won't be the same without Vinny, but that doesn't mean it won't work."

Entering Monday, the Flyers were 29th in the 30-team league in goals per game (2.17), and they were tied for 18th on the power play at 16.5 percent.

Breakaways

Ray Emery needed to get a new passport, so goalie coach Jeff Reese was one of the netminders at the morning skate. There is a chance Emery faces his ex-teammates when the Flyers play in Chicago Wednesday against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Wednesday's game will mark just the second time the Flyers have faced the Blackhawks since Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. . . . In their first 15 games, the Flyers were outscored, 42-22; in the next 14 games, they outscored their opponents, 41-30.

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