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COBY OUT-VANDY IN
Following the team's morning skate in Dallas it was announced that defenseman Braydon Coburn will continue to be out of the lineup.
“He doesn’t feel he’s ready so you don’t want to put a guy in a position like that,” said Berube. “He looked better to me today than the last couple of days for sure.”
Coburn has been practicing with the team since Wednesday, but has not seen game action since opening night at Boston on Oct. 8 when he suffered a lower-body injury.
The team will have an additional two days off after tonight when they fly to Chicago but don't take on the Blackhawks until Tuesday allowing an extra day off.
Coburn has benefitted from a lull in the Flyers schedule that has seen the team play one game in a span of six days.
“I skated Friday and things felt better than the day before, but I wasn’t quite where I wanted to be yet to be able to make sure I was putting myself in a position to help the team,” said Coburn.
Flyers head coach Craig Berube confirmed that Chris VandeVelde will make his season debut tonight after being recalled from the Phantoms on Thursday. Berube said he thought VandeVelde came into camp quicker and more aggressive than last year.
“It’s a bigger line,” added Berube. “VandeVelde is solid in the middle of the ice. He moves well and is good defensively. Jones is another face-off guy. He’s a good positional player.”
He was taking part in the morning skate playing with Blair Jones and Zac Rinaldo on the fourth line. Jason Akeson was out with Coburn for a lengthy morning skate. He is expected to be scratched.
WHAT VANDY BRINGS
Chris VandeVelde made the hour and a half ride down from Lehigh Valley to join the team at practice yesterday after being recalled on Monday evening.
How did he find out about the recall?
“Well, I saw it on twitter first,” said the 6-2 center who enters his fifth year of pro hockey after a four-year career at the University of North Dakota.
He will join the team on today’s road trip as an extra forward, but don’t count out the possibility of seeing him in the lineup at some point in the near future.
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“There’s a chance for sure,” said Flyers head coach Craig Berube. “I thought he had a real good camp to be honest with you. It was a real tough decision on sending him down. He moved really well… I thought he was physical in training camp which was a real good sign.”
For VandeVelde it’s as simple as working hard and helping the team win that he focuses on after earning the recall.
“The main thing is being consistent and playing your game,” said VandeVelde, who tallied a pair of power-play goals to lead Lehigh Valley to a 5-2 opening night win over the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
“Once you get the chance to get up here you just have to give it your all and find a way to stay.”
VandeVelde substituted in and out on the fourth line with Jason Akeson, Blair Jones and Zac Rinaldo during practice. It’s a line he’s excited to play on should he dress.
“It’s definitely more of a skilled line than I played with last year. Playing with [Akeson] who’s definitely a skilled guy and Zac [Rinaldo] can fly around too so it will bring a different element and I’m excited to be back.”
LOOKING FOR SHOTS
As Flyers forward RJ Umberger was taking line rushes during practice with Matt Read and Sean Couturier (now that Vincent Lecavalier is out of the line-up due to a lower-body injury), he had the advice of a former Flyer and teammate in mind to start generating more offense.
“I remember Mike Knuble used to tell me when I was young, concentrate on five shots a game, whether it’s rebounds or whatever, you’ll get out of your slump, so for me I have to get shots.”
An increased level of offense is never a bad thing, but Umberger’s role also brings much more stability into Berube’s system.
“He’s a good defensive player, checks well, kills penalties and that’s what we expected of him. He’ll get his goals, he’ll go to the net. That’s what he does,” added Berube.
Through the first four games, Umberger has only two shots on net, while averaging just over 13 minutes of ice-time per game.
“Two games ago I passed on a shot I could’ve taken in the third period and when you’re not scoring those things happen.”
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that the club has recalled forward Chris VandeVelde from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this evening.
In his first and only game with the Phantoms this season, VandeVelde posted two goals, both on the power play, on three shots to help lead Lehigh Valley to an opening night win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-2.
VandeVelde appeared in four preseason games for the Flyers during training camp, going scoreless with seven shots on net. Last season, his first with the organization, he appeared in 18 games. In the off-season, he signed a one-year contract with the team on July 4.
COBY BACK AT IT
Braydon Coburn took to the ice for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on Oct. 8, opening night at Boston. Although Coburn finished the game and totaled over 20 minutes of ice time, he has not participated in a team practice since.
“I feel good,” said Coburn, who was able to participate in a full practice with no limitations just days, not weeks after sustaining the injury. “You never know with injuries, you just have to listen to doctors and what everybody says, follow treatments and hope your body responds.”
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And luckily for the Flyers schedule, he has even more time to heal and keep skating with the team having a break from game action until Saturday at Dallas, which is looking like a target date for his return to action.
“It’ll be huge. Coby’s one of our best D,” said Wayne Simmonds. “He eats up a lot of minutes for us. I think it will be huge boost if he does come back.”
The effect of Coburn’s absence has been felt on the blue line. Andrew MacDonald saw his ice time spike from 21 minutes to 22, then to a season-high 28 minutes vs. Montreal.
Mark Streit went from 20 minutes against Boston to around the 25 minute range in the last three contests
Filling in for Coburn, 13-year NHL veteran Nick Schultz appeared in just 14 minutes of ice time in his first game of the year, but then climbed to over 23 minutes vs. Montreal before steadying out to just over 19 minutes against Anaheim.
Things were a little more balanced out against Anaheim with Streit and MacDonald logging around 25 minutes of ice time, while the remaining four defensemen were close or slightly over 20 minutes.
THE SHOOTOUT EFFECT
Flyers head coach Craig Berube said it best when asked of the importance of shootouts.
“I’ve worked on it more this year than I did last year so far. It’s obviously important. Last year we won three shootouts and if we won one more we probably would have home-ice advantage so it could cost you in the end.”
After dropping two straight games to a shootout, both of which extended to four rounds, the Flyers know that while an important two points were gained, an important two points were also lost.
The Flyers best year for shootouts came in 2009-10 when the team went 4-3 but historically, since the shootout originated in 2005-06, the Flyers own an overall record of 27-53.
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Set to resume practice on Monday morning, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced injury updates on a few Flyers, as well as prospect Sam Morin.
Vincent Lecavalier will be out of action for two weeks with a lower-body injury.
Nicklas Grossmann is getting over a stomach virus and will miss today’s practice.
Prospect Sam Morin, who suffered a fractured jaw with his junior team in Rimouski, will miss approximately 4-5 weeks.
Lecavalier appeared in the first three games of the season for the Flyers, posting a goal and two assists. He averaged 15:37 of ice time so far this season, including 4:32 on the team’s power-play unit, which leads all Flyers forwards and is second most on the team behind Mark Streit.
Grossmann also appeared in all three games this season, going scoreless and registering five shots on net and a plus-1 rating while averaging 18:31 of ice time.
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall gave the following injury update on defenseman Sam Morin late Sunday night.
Flyers prospect Sam Morin has fractured his jaw. He is expected to have surgery tomorrow (Monday). A timeline for his recovery will also be determined on Monday.
Morin has appeared in five games for Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL this season where he has three assists and four penalty minutes.
Ray Emery will get his first start of the season tonight as the Flyers face the Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center.
Emery took shots and was first off the ice at the team’s morning skate while head coach Craig Berube confirmed it during his availability with the media.
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“He was sharp and its three [games] in four nights, so he’s ready to go,” said Berube.
Emery went 1-0-0 in the preseason, appearing in 90 minutes of action. He missed a few games and practices during training camp and preseason due to a lower-body injury, but returned to action and stopped 24 of 26 shots to earn a 4-2 win over the Rangers in the team’s second to last preseason game. Overall he posted a 2.67 GAA and .892 save percentage in preseason action.
RAFFL BUMPED UP
Michael Raffl was seen taking rushes with the top line alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek at the team’s morning skate. A combination we could see in tonight’s game.
“He’s a fast player. He can shoot the puck well and he doesn’t lose a lot of battles so it’s fun to play with guys like that,” said Giroux.
Raffl recorded an average of just over 11 minutes of ice time in the first two games of the season. Brayden Schenn, who played on the left side of that line, is most likely to switch back to the center position.
The Flyers captain also commented that while this year's team is different from the situation of last year's start, they're using that experience to their advantage.
“I think we can learn from last year. I think last year after a few games we hit the panic button and tried to change everything. Finally we came back to playing our game, having fun, and come to the rink and just enjoy being here. We we did that we started winning games.”
BETTER INJURY NEWS
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall talked to reporters today addressing the injury to Braydon Coburn and the news was more positive than originally thought last night.
“We’ve gotten better news than we had yesterday. I’m hoping short-term now instead of mid-term,” said Hextall, who also stated that Coburn will see a specialist on Monday which will give him a better idea and possible timetable for a return. “Before I was thinking weeks as opposed to months and hopefully now it’s less than that.”
Defenseman Nick Schultz filled in for Coburn in Thursday’s game, appearing in 14:46 of ice-time in his Flyers debut and registering one shot on net.
As for the club possibly making a transaction to compensate for any time missed by Coburn, Hextall said they will remain patient through the weekend and wait until Monday’s evaluation.
“You still have to look at your options and prepare for tomorrow and a couple weeks from now,” added Hextall. “So we’ll continue to look and see what the options are.”
The Flyers take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night (CSN & 97.5 The Fanatic) in the second of the club’s three-game home stand.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall meets with the media and addresses the reports on Chris Pronger as well as the injury to Braydon Coburn. WATCH BELOW…
COBURN OUT VS. DEVILS
Prior to the start of warmups, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that defenseman Braydon Coburn is out of line-up tonight vs. New Jersey due to a lower-body injury.
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Coburn did not take to the ice this morning as the team held an optional skate at the Wells Fargo Center.
In the season opening game at Boston, Coburn took 27 shifts and appeared in 20:02 of ice time during the entire game, registering three shots on goal and a +1 rating. He appeared in five out of a possible seven games for the Flyers during the preseason.
Coburn was one of seven Flyers last season to appear in all 82 regular season games. He posted 17 points (5g-12a) and led the team in ice time per game, averaging 22:26, while also leading the entire NHL in shorthanded time-on-ice averaging nearly four minutes per game (3:59).
He has not missed a game since Mar. 30, 2013 when he was out of action for the final 15 games of the team’s 2012-13 season with a left shoulder separation.
The 29-year-old is currently the longest tenured player on the Flyers, appearing in 538 out of a possible 561 games during his Flyers career.
He currently ranks ninth in franchise history in games played by a defenseman, seven games shy of Kjell Samuelsson (545) and 11-games shy of Andre Dupont (549).
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