The Philadelphia Flyers could get an important body back in Vincent Lecavalier when they take on the New York Rangers on Thursday night. With Philly still struggling to get anything going in the offensive zone, the addition of Lecavalier’s high hockey IQ bodes well for the Flyers.
He hasn’t been out all that long, but Philadelphia didn’t turn a corner in his absence, though they did managed to down the Washington Capitals before dropping the next game 4-0 to the New Jersey Devils. Craig Berube has had several days in a row to practice with the team without playing the following night, and it will be interesting to see if the Flyers look different after a few days of guidance.
According to Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News, the new bench boss has taken the extra time off to juggle his lines while looking for chemistry. Or anything positive, really. Per Barkowitz’s report:
Berube is practically juggling beakers and test tubes as he tries to figure out a formula to help get the Flyers righted. It would be fitting if his depth chart was laid out like the periodic table of elements.
There was a hint of good news at practice yesterday as injured forward Vinny Lecavalier continued his recovery from an Oct. 11 lower-body injury by skating with Claude Giroux and a surprise third guest on the Flyers’ top line.
The surprise guess, in case you’re curious, was rookie Michael Raffl.