It will be Mark Streit, and not Kimmo Timonen manning the point for the Philadelphia Flyers on the top power-play unit on Thursday when Philly takes on the New York Rangers. This will mark the first time in recent memory that someone besides Timonen is the one firing away from the blue line while the Flyers have the man advantage.
FLYERS: #Flyers D Kimmo Timonen demoted from 1st line Power Player Unit. D Mark Streit and F Vinny Lecavalier will take over the points.
— Johnny Mann (@JMannKS) October 23, 2013
Considering the overall ineffectiveness of just about everything related to offense for the Flyers in the early going this season, a shakeup makes sense. Coach Craig Berube has had several games to get to know his team know, and clearly likes what he’s seen out of Streit from an offensive standpoint.
Unlike Timonen, who only has one point this season, Streit has two. This makes him the obvious choice to take over on the blue line of a power play that has only scored once in its last 21 attempts.
Timonen spoke to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer about the demotion:
I’ve made my living doing that…I’ve played power play for 15 years, so it is a big deal, but I’m an old-school type of guy. …When I came in the league, I had to earn my spot there. I was able to keep it for a long time. But now I have to earn it back.
If the Flyers suddenly erupt on the man advantage against an equally-anemic Rangers team, Timonen may have to wait awhile for Streit to give up his spot. The former New York Islander is also known for his puck-moving ability, and is no slouch on the man advantage.