Flyers recall McGinn, place him with Giroux & Voracek

Flyers recall McGinn, place him with Giroux & Voracek

March 26, 2013, 12:45 pm
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There are some things that are entirely unexpected in hockey.
 
For instance, Tye McGinn waking up after getting called up from Adirondack to the Flyers and finding out he’s going to play on the top line against the New York Rangers.
 
That never happens.
 
“We talked a little bit about it this morning and what I have to do out there,” said the 22-year-old rookie, who will skate with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek on the first line Tuesday night against the Rangers at Wells Fargo Center.
 
“I was lucky enough to get [three] games on the top line my last stint here. They’re great players. They help me out a lot. Just go out and play my game.
 
“I played a few games this season already with the Flyers and that definitely helps out with the confidence. Just trying to jump back where I left off.”
 
McGinn replaces Danny Briere, who is out indefinitely with a concussion.
 
Laviolette won’t talk about his lines, but had a few things to say about McGinn, who packs a punch on the ice (literally) with some skill and physical play.
 
“We kind of joke around in the coaches room,” Laviolette said. “Tye has not had a bad day in the NHL. His practices are sharp, his games are terrific. He’s done a lot of things right since being here.
 
“It was unfortunate the accident that happened to him. Now that he is back and playing again, it’s good to get him back up here.”
 
McGinn suffered a fractured left orbital bone (eye) during a fight against Toronto’s Mike Brown on Feb. 25, had surgery, and was sent to the Phantoms on March 11 once he was cleared from injured reserve.
 
McGinn says nothing can prevent him from fighting again, but most NHLers who have had this injury try to go at least three months before fighting again. He has a visor.
 
In 40 games with the Phantoms this season, he totaled 14 goals and 26 points. He has three goals and five points in 16 games with the Flyers.
 
There’s little question the 6-foot-3, 207-pound winger is the “beef” on this new line right now.
 
“When Tye’s been called up, he’s been pretty solid for us,” said Scott Hartnell, who had that spot on the left side of Giroux until a week ago.
 
“He can skate, play physical, he’s got some hands around the net. He had some success with G (Giroux) and Jake earlier in the year. It’s not a surprise to anyone that he is here. He’ll add a big boost to the lineup.”
 
Changing things around
Laviolette has been holding morning skates all season in Voorhees to avoid the prying eyes of opponents.
 
Sometimes he runs lines but quite often does not.
 
On Tuesday, his skated at Wells Fargo Center where the Rangers also skated. And he ran his lines, allowing everyone to see them.  
 
Laviolette said afterward he talked to players and there was a feeling they’d like to skate at Wells Fargo on game day and not in Voorhees.
 
As for running his lines, Laviolette told CSNPhilly.com he felt it was more important to get new lines working on the ice than to worry about whether the Rangers saw them.
 
“You guys report the lines, anyway,” he said.
 
Loose pucks
McGinn’s presence means Harry Zolnierczyk will be healthy scratch against the Rangers, as will Mike Knuble. … Defenseman Nik Grossmann (upper body) did not skate which means he’s out .… The other lines: Hartnell skates on Brayden Schenn’s line with Wayne Simmonds, a line Laviolette has not used this season; Simon Gagne is on Max Talbot’s line with Matt Read; the fourth line remains Sean Couturier centering Ruslan Fedotenko and Zac Rinaldo. ... Finally, the Flyers will honor Kimmo Timonen in a pregame ceremony. Timonen played his 1000th NHL game last week in Tampa.