Flyers Notes: Flyers' Schenn skates against his old team

Posted: February 02, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Flyers center Brayden Schenn will face his ex-team, the Los Angeles Kings, for the first time Saturday afternoon since he was acquired in the 2011 Mike Richards deal.

"It's definitely an extra kick for me," said Schenn, who was in the minors when the Flyers hosted the Kings the first season after the deal. "I haven't been back here since I got traded - or even played the Kings. This is my first taste."

Wayne Simmonds, also acquired in the Richards deal, has faced the Kings once since the trade, but this is his first time opposing them in L.A.

The Flyers will be trying to rebound from Thursday's 5-3 loss to the powerful Ducks. The Flyers played relatively well, but a couple of mistakes turned into Anaheim goals, sending them to their fifth loss in the last six games.

"We played a good game; it was probably the hardest that we battled all year," Simmonds said.

"We've got to make it a cleaner game," said coach Craig Berube, whose team allowed too much traffic in front of goalie Steve Mason, and surrendered its ninth shorthanded goal, which is tied for the most in the NHL.

Los Angeles, which is a physical team like the Ducks, is also scuffling. The Kings have lost seven of their last eight games and will be a desperate, dangerous team.

"We have to focus on our game, play the way we want to play, and if we do that, we'll have a chance to win," center Claude Giroux said.


In his first NHL game at center Thursday, Michael Raffl had a goal and won two of five faceoffs. Berube said he wanted Raffl at center because of the speed he brings to the fourth line. Adam Hall played at wing, but was used on some faceoffs, winning four of five. . . . With the game tied at 1-1 and 2:37 left in the first period, Vinny Lecavalier was robbed by Frederik Andersen on a point-blank rebound, and the Ducks scored about two minutes later to turn the game in their favor.

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