SUNRISE, Fla. – Luke Schenn had his first monster game as a Flyer - 11 hits.
Maybe even a career game?
“What?” Schenn asked stunned. “You always try to be physical out there. Props to the stat guy who is trying to keep hits. He must have been doing me a favor tonight.”
He also scored his first goal as a Flyer during the 7-1 rout on Saturday.
Coach Peter Laviolette likes the progress that Luke has made on the blue line through five games, though he is not as mobile as some other Flyers defensemen.
“He’s been rock sold since he got here,” Laviolette said. “Just his whole game. The physicality, the puck movement.
“He is just a real dependable guy out there for us. He’s playing a lot of minutes for us and I think he could play more if we needed to.”
His 11 hits were the most since Scott Hartnell had 13 in the 2012 Winter Classic against the New York Rangers.
Brother Brayden had five hits. The Bash Bros., combined for 16 of the Flyers' 38 hits.
“We both try to be physical obviously and it doesn’t always work out with as many hits," Luke Schenn said. “Being physical is part of both of our games.”
Brayden says he doesn’t want to get into a competition with his older sibling.
“No, no, we both like to hit,” he said. “No competition like that. It’s just part of the game.
“We both like to be physical and when you have a chance to get a hit you make and not try to run out of your way or get out of position to make hits.”
Sources said the club will meet Sunday to talk about whether rookie Scott Laughton stays. All along, those sources said he had earned a spot. However, with Danny Briere back in the lineup and Tye McGinn's surge, you could make a case for the club sending Laughton back. He does not have a point in any of the five games even though Laviolette loves what he brings to the table.
The seven goals ties for the most the Flyers have ever scored against the Panthers in a game. They also scored seven in a 7-3 win at Florida on April 16, 1998.
Now the last time the Flyers tallied seven goals was in a 7-1 win at Toronto on March 29 of last season.
Mike Knuble moved around on a couple different lines during his second stint debut as a Flyer.
Knuble was on the second power play unit with Danny Briere, Brayden Schenn, Matt Read and Kurtis Foster.
As readers pointed out on Twitter, the Flyers had eight first-round picks in their lineup against the Panthers. Not the highest but among the most in the NHL. Winnipeg reportedly had 12 in its lineup on Friday night, according to @TeebzHBIC. ... Flyers had just three goals through the first two games but nailed three in the first period against Florida. ... Braydon Coburn was plus-3 in the game.