CHICAGO _ It appears left winger Dan Carcillo and defenseman Oskars Bartulis will be in the Flyers’ lineup Monday night in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Chicago.
Carcillo will replace James van Riemsdyk, and Bartulis will apparently take Ryan Parent’s spot.
Carcillo said he was excited to play after being a healthy scratch the last three playoff games, including the Finals opener.
Parent committed a turnover that led to an early Blackhawks’ goal in their wild 6-5 win in the opener. He played one shift _ 41 seconds _ and did not return.
The Flyers trail the series, 1-0.
Carcillo will likely play left wing on a line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. That would cause Simon Gagne to move down to the unti with Claude Giroux and Arron Asham.
Carcillo said it was difficult to be a healthy scratch after scoring 12 regular-season goals and posting six points (two goals, four assists) and a plus-3 rating in 15 playoff games. He scored an overtime goal to beat New Jersey in Game 3 of the conference quarterfinals.
"That's all...I've been thinking about for the last week or so," he said of returning to the lineup.
Should the Flyers go with tough guy Dan Carcillo again in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals or dress rookie James van Riemsdyk?
|Keep Carcillo. He can hit and score.|
|| 558 (27.9%)
|Put van Riemsdyk back in. He’s the better scorer, and they need goals.|
|| 372 (18.6%)
Total votes = 2000
The Flyers hope Carcillo will give them more energy and physicality.
"That's my game," he said. "Obviously, I'm looking to make a difference, whether that be scoring or whether that be just going out there and banging everybody I see. That's pretty standard for me. If I don't do that, I'm not in the game."
Carcillo said coach Peter Laviolette told him Sunday that he would be playing in Game 2.
"I'm excited ro be in the lineup. I can't wait to get out there," he said.
After Carcillo was benched, the Flyers won the final two games against Montreal. He then sat out the sloppy Finals opener against Chicago.
"We were playing really well," he said. "We closed out the Montreal series with two really, really good games, and our last game wasn't the best. It's a tough situation you're in, but you just have to somehow keep an even-keel and just be positive. You always hope you can play. I mean, you play all year with these guys and you're battling to get to this point....and then you're out. It's a bit of a shock, but I'm back in and it's a great feeling. I'm going to do my best to make a difference tonight."
Carcillo would not reveal where he would play.
Chicago will again be without injured LW Andrew Ladd (shoulder); his replacement, Tomas Kopecky, scored the game-winner in Saturday's opener, snapping a 5-5 third-period tie.