New Flyers coach Craig Berube moving his parts around, desperately trying to spark an offensive response.
He created a new No. 1 line with Claude Giroux centering Vincent Lecavalier on right wing in place of the struggling Jakub Voracek. Lecavalier played the No. 2 center role earlier this season before suffering a groin/abdominal muscle strain.
“I feel really comfortable on the right side,” Lecavalier told CSN Philly. “I feel comfortable going into the offensive zone on the right side. I have more plays, more things I can do on the off-wing. I was playing with G today. He is a special player and he can get me the puck. I felt it went pretty good.”
With left winger Scott Hartnell still injured, Berube moved Michael Raffl into that slot on the top line – replacing previous fill-win Tye McGinn.
Why Raffl? “He’s skilled, he’s big and he moves,” Berube told Philadelphia reporters. “He looked comfortable out there. The size and skill is what intrigues you. He seems like a confident kid to me which I like.”
Berube also moved Lecavalier and defenseman Mark Streit to the top power play unit.