Saturday, February 13, 2016

McGinn playing in Flyers' scrambled lineup

NEWARK _ Looking for a spark after an 0-2 start, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette scrambled all four lines during the morning skate Tuesday and inserted newcomer Tye McGinn onto a unit with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

McGinn playing in Flyers' scrambled lineup


NEWARK _ Looking for a spark after an 0-2 start, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette scrambled all four lines during the morning skate Tuesday and inserted newcomer Tye McGinn onto a unit with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers, who have scored a total of three goals, play in New Jersey (1-0) Tuesday night.

Here are the Flyers' new-look lines:

* Claude Giroux centering Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek. Voracek has replaced Schenn on the top line.

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* Sean Couturier centering Ruslan Fedotenko and Matt Read.

* Schenn centering McGinn and Simmonds. Schenn and McGinn were linemates with the AHL Phantoms this season.

* Scott Laughton centering Max Talbot and Eric Wellwood.

Being reunited with Schenn should help, said McGinn, who will be making his NHL debut.

"We’ve played almost half a season together and I know what he likes to do out there and hopefully he knows what I like to do and we can contribute," said McGinn, a physical player whose brother, Jamie, plays left wing for Colorado. "It’s a bonus for me."

Said Schenn: "We played probably 28 games together. It took a while to get adjusted but after that, you get familiar with a guy and know what he’s going to do on the ice and where he is going to be."

McGinn, 22, a fourth-round selection in the 2010 draft, is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound power forward who is built like former Flyer James van Riemsdyk.

"He has a big-body presence and he'll go hard to the net," Schenn said of McGinn. "I've seen him fight a coupe times, too, and he's a pretty tough kid."

Hartnell said he understands why coach Peter Laviolette is shaking up the lines.

"We're looking for a little bit of a spark," he said. "It's not like we weren't getting chances, but I think switching things up will get everyone a fresh start."

Voracek will replace Schenn on the top unit.

"They're two totally different players," Hartnell said. "Brayden's a big body who can skate well, protects the puck well. Nothing against Brayden, but I think Jake's got a little bit more speed, especially down the wing. I think that'll open up some free space for G to get some time with the puck to make plays."

In another change, defenseman Bruno Gervais will replace Kurtis Foster and will be paired with Andrej Meszaros. Foster had a maintenance day and did not participate in the morning skate.

Ilya Bryzgalov (0-2, 3.06, .909) will face Martin Brodeur (1-0, 1.00, .947), the winningest goalie in NHL history with 657 career victories.

Briere update. Danny Briere skated with the team Tuesday morning and GM Paul Holmgren said the veteran center will have his injured left wrist X-rayed again Thursday and there is a possibility he plays Saturday in Florida.

Holmgren also said there is a chance Zac Rinaldo (laceration in right leg) will miss more than a week.

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