By Jerry Wein
Jakub Voracek will not play in the Flyers’ round-robin finale tonight against the Lightning in the Toronto bubble.
“He’s not available,” Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said yesterday. “That’s all I can say for tomorrow.”
If the Flyers beat Tampa Bay, they’ll secure the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs, which is slated to begin next Tuesday. If the Flyers lose to the Lightning, they’ll settle for the No. 2 seed. The team has won its first two round-robin games by a combined score of 7-2 over the Bruins and Capitals.
James van Riemsdyk (above) will return to the lineup after being scratched for the Flyers’ 3-1 win Thursday over the Capitals.
“It was less about benching James than looking at the big picture,” Vigneault said. “Yes, James had been OK, just OK so far, after having in my estimation a real strong training camp. But I wanted to get Joel in, I also wanted to get Bunny in at some point, and I felt with the opposition, that it was the right time. Probably less to do with benching, more to do with the big picture.”
Here is the Flyers’ lineup:
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Joel Farabee
Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Derek Grant-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Connor Bunnaman-Nate Thompson-Tyler Pitlick
Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun