TORONTO: Two newcomers - forwards Jay Rosehill and Adam Hall _ could be in the Flyers’ lineup Thursday night in Toronto.
The Flyers need to do SOMETHING to shake up their road blues. They are 4-12-1 on the road this season, the Eastern Conference’s worst record.
Rosehill, the Flyers’ new enforcer after a trade with Anaheim for Harry Zolnierczyk, used to play for the Maple Leafs and said he would like nothing more than to face his former team.
Hall, signed off waivers from Tampa Bay, is expected to be used on the PK and on the fourth line.
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The Flyers might have a fourth line with Sean Couturier centering Rosehill and Hall.
Goalie Steve Mason, acquired from Columbus on Wednesday for Michael Leighton and a third-round draft pick in 2015, took shots from Kurtis Foster and Tye McGinn at the Air Canada Centre at 11:30 Thursday morning.
Afterward, he said he was NOT starting tonight. lya Bryzgalov will make his 21st straight start.
Mason said he was thrilled to have a "clean slate" with the Flyers and admitted he lost his confidence in Columbus. His agent, Anton Thun, said he expected Mason to sign a one-year deal perhaps as early as next week and that the goalie was excited to be with the Flyers and to compete for the No. 1 job next year.
Said Mason: “I’m not sure what my role is now, I haven’t really been told. To me, that’s not my main focus. My job is to come in here and become the goaltender the organization believes I can be _ and that’s to be a No. 1 goaltender. I’m fully prepared to put the work in, and really excited to start doing it.”
The Flyers (16-17-3), four points out of a playoff spot, are riding their first three-game winning streak of the season. Toronto (20-12-4), one of the NHL surprise teams, also had has won three in a row, and the Leafs have won both meetings against the Flyers this season.
Former Flyer winger James van Riemsdyk (14 goals), one of the NHL’s leading scorers earlier in the year, is in a 10-game goal-scoring drought for Toronto, which is on a 5-0-2 run.
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