Berube hopes Flyers' new lines will provide spark

Berube hopes Flyers' new lines will provide spark

The Flyers are still struggling to find the back of the net

November 6, 2013, 2:15 pm
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After Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes, coach Craig Berube again shuffled up the Flyers' lines. (USA Today Images)

The lines are changing. Again.
For the eighth time in 14 games this season, the Flyers scored a goal or less in a game. They lost in overtime, 2-1, Tuesday night in Carolina, blowing what should have been a 1-0 shutout in the final 53 seconds of regulation.
Barring another trade, there’s only so much a coach can do to generate scoring chemistry with line changes.
Craig Berube has pretty much tried every line combination out there to generate offense without sustained success.
“At some point, they need to start producing,” Berube said. “I think guys in and out of the lineup with injury, we had to move guys around a little bit. These guys are familiar with each other. They’ve played well together before. I expect them to get out of it and start playing well.”
Jakub Voracek is moving back with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell on the first line.
“Me, Jake and Hartsy had chemistry before,” said Giroux, who now has gone 20 games without a goal, dating back to last season. “We can get that early in tomorrow’s game [against New Jersey].
“You know a little bit more what a guy’s gonna do with the puck. You know where he’s gonna be. Sometimes you don’t have to look and you know he’s gonna be there.”
Voracek says every player on the club is feeling pressure right now.
“Oh, yeah,” he said. “On most of us. Me, I have one goal in 14 games. Obviously, it’ not great. ... But you get that one goal, get that one lucky bounce and win the game with that, that’s what will help the most.”
The right wing experiment with Vinny Lecavalier is over (for now). He gets his own unit with Brayden Schenn and Matt Read.
“No, it’s not something that I asked for,” Lecavalier said. “We’re not generating probably the offense [we should]. Sometimes changes will spark something.”
Berube said Giroux is “concerned” with his personal game and he told him to simplify what he is doing on the ice.
As for the Lecavalier move,  “I just wanted to get Vinny back in the middle. It gets him some freedom to skate a little bit more and get moving and just trying to create some offense five-on-five here.”

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