Saturday, February 13, 2016

Flyers tinker with PP units

The Flyers made some changes on their struggling power play during Wednesday’s practice in Voorhees. One unit had Danny Briere with Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter, along with defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger. Mike Richards, not Pronger, had been on that unit when Briere scored a PP goal against Pittsburgh Saturday. Richards did replace Hartnell during some PP shifts later in Wednesday’s practice. In essence, Pronger has replaced Richards on the top unit. The other PP unit had Ville Leino and Nik Zherdev dividing time on a line with Richards and Claude Giroux up front. Matt Carle and Andrej Meszaros were on the back end. Coach Peter Laviolette hinted that Meszaros, owner of a powerful shot, will be getting more PP time than he has received in the first five games. Laviolette was pleased with the way the PP worked on Wednesday. “I thought they moved it around well today,” said Laviolette, whose team will host penalty-happy Anaheim on Thursday. “We’re just trying to find different things. I thought Briere, Carter and Hartnell did a good job when they were on the PP. They got some opportunities and got some shots on net. “We’re just trying to find the right combinations; trying to find some consistency with both units.” The Flyers (2-2-1) even had Pronger up front on some of the power plays, a move they employed during some of last season’s playoff games. The Flyers’ power play is 2 for 22 (9.1 percent), which is 24th in the 30-team NHL. * * * * * * * *

Flyers tinker with PP units

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     The Flyers made some changes on their struggling power play during Wednesday’s practice in Voorhees.
     One unit had Danny Briere with Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter, along with defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger. Mike Richards, not Pronger, had been on that unit when Briere scored a PP goal against Pittsburgh Saturday.
     Richards did replace Hartnell during some PP shifts later in Wednesday’s practice.
     In essence, Pronger has replaced Richards on the top unit.
     The other PP unit had Ville Leino and Nik Zherdev dividing time on a line with Richards and Claude Giroux up front. Matt Carle and Andrej Meszaros were on the back end.
      Coach Peter Laviolette hinted that Meszaros, owner of a powerful shot, will be getting more PP time than he has received in the first five games.
      Laviolette was pleased with the way the PP worked on Wednesday.
     “I thought they moved it around well today,” said Laviolette, whose team will host penalty-happy Anaheim on Thursday. “We’re just trying to find different things. I thought Briere, Carter and Hartnell did a good job when they were on the PP. They got some opportunities and got some shots on net.
     “We’re just trying to find the right combinations; trying to find some consistency with both units.”
     The Flyers (2-2-1) even had Pronger up front on some of the power plays, a move they employed during some of last season’s playoff games.
      The Flyers’ power play is 2 for 22 (9.1 percent), which is 24th in the 30-team NHL.
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   Laviolette would not commit to his goalie for Thursday.

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