Flyers hockey will be back on television as the team gears up for the season.
While it isn’t quite regular season hockey, the Flyers will play a game later this evening. To end training camp, the team will take part in an intrasquad scrimmage. Both teams will take place in normal morning skates before coming back later that evening.
We’ve seen a lot of different combinations used throughout camp. Most recently, though, it seems as if Alain Vigneault has figured out what his top-nine group may look like.
We appear to have the reuniting of Sean Couturier, Oskar Lindblom, and Travis Konecny. This was the line that Lindblom last played on before he was diagnosed with bone cancer. The three worked well together and have seemingly regained that chemistry throughout camp.
Joel Farabee is getting a chance to shine as well. The second year forward has been spotted with Claude Giroux and Kevin Hayes. Farabee is poised to have a much more even season after and up and down rookie year.
He has reportedly put on more weight as that was a part of his game that needed a bit of work. Adding that strength to his arsenal will be a big key to his play.
Nolan Patrick has been a full participant and camp and appears to have the inside track on the third line center position. He’s been between James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek. Getting Patrick back this season would be huge for the Flyers.
He has looked good during camp and was even inadvertently tested when Sam Morin ended up missing a check and taking out Patrick. He headed to the bench for a brief moment before rejoining his teammates and heading back on the ice.
So all signs point to him being back but this scrimmage will really give us a good idea of what to expect with Patrick.
The fourth line has been switched frequently throughout camp. The team has been giving many players a chance to prove they can make it. Nicolas Aube-Kubel is likely to be back in his role once again. And Laughton will almost certainly be centering that line.
Morgan Frost has appeared on both the wing and center during camp. His spot this upcoming season may depend on if the team insists he must be in the top-nine. If that’s the case, he likely doesn’t make the starting roster.
In that case, he will likely spend time in the AHL and the taxi squad. This scrimmage will also be a big test for him as well. Players like Linus Sandin, Connor Bunnaman and Egor Zamula will also be looking to impressive enough.
As released by the Flyers, here are the official rosters for tonight’s scrimmage.
Fans can catch the game live on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Orange and Black exhibition will be led by Jim Jackson, Al Morganti, and Taryn Hatcher. Coverage will begin at 7pm and will also be available on the Flyers website.