The Flyers react to their shutout loss to the Caps
NEWARK, N.J. -- Not that it comes as a surprise, but Flyers coach Craig Berube made some lineup changes for Saturday’s game against the Devils after the 7-0 debacle to the Capitals.
Luke Schenn, who had not been moving well on the ice, and Erik Gustafsson were both bounced out of the blue line and replaced with Andrej Meszaros and Hal Gill.
They are the third defensive pair against the Devils with Berube moving Kimmo Timonen back with his original Flyer partner, Braydon Coburn and pairing Mark Streit with Nick Grossmann.
“I just want to shake it up,” Berube said.
Asked what he expected from Saturday's game, Berube said: "The start of [Friday's loss] was turnovers and caused problems but then it was the lack of compete and work [ethic] after that. That’s what really bothers me. You hope they play the right way with the puck, not turn it over and they compete.”
This is Gill’s first game of the season after sitting as a healthy scratch in the first 12 games.
“Just battle, dig in, stick together and battle,” the longtime veteran defenseman said. “I’ve been looking to get in battles and play and get the feel for that. That’s what I live to play for and what I’ve missed.”
Gill and other players said before the game that general manager Paul Holmgren’s stern lecture “gave us the message” between periods of the Caps’ rout Friday.
“It’s a results business and we have to get results,” Gill said. “It was tough to watch. As a teammate you want to help them. That’s the hard part. Sitting out and not being part of it.
“We believe we are better than we are but that doesn’t really matter unless you show it.”
Tye McGinn will play on Brayden Schenn's line with Wayne Simmonds. Scott Hartnell goes back to the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, which Berube put back in place during the Caps game after Washington went ahead 4-0 in the second period.