How much of a role has Berube played in the Flyers' turnaround?
Tye McGinn has three goals in eight games with the Flyers this season. (USA Today Images)
The last time Tye McGinn was called up as an injury replacement, he sat one game then came down with the flu before returning to the Phantoms.
That was back in early December when Vinny Lecavalier was sidelined with a back issue.
Things are different now, however, as McGinn could stick around the next six weeks while Zac Rinaldo recovers from a high ankle sprain.
“I was lucky to get the call up, so I’ll come to practice every day, compete and if I’m lucky enough to get into the games, just go out and play the best hockey I can,” said the 23-year-old winger.
McGinn said that Phantoms coach Terry Murray has prepared him well for the extended stay here.
“Murph is doing a great job done there,” McGinn said. “He’s got a lot of NHL experience. He knows what it takes to play at this level. He’s definitely helped us out. He has a lot of knowledge we can pick up every day.”
Flyers coach Craig Berube alternated McGinn on the fourth line at practice on Friday with enforcer Jay Rosehill.
“It’s a game-time decision,” Berube said when asked whether McGinn plays on Chris VandeVelde’s line with Adam Hall.
Forward Matt Read (concussion) took part in some practice, then left the ice, just as he did last weekend in Phoenix.
Read is out indefinitely.
Berube said Read was feeling better, and the plan was to take some practice but keep it short.
“I didn’t notice him that much because he’s not playing, but he looked OK,” Berube said. “He stayed out longer than he was supposed to. He seemed fine. He felt better.”
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson skated very well and seems fully recovered from his left knee sprain. He worked with Hal Gill, an indication he will remain out of the lineup.
Given the solid play from Andrej Meszaros right now, it may be difficult for Gustafsson to get back in the lineup. Gustafsson said he could play Saturday against Tampa Bay if needed.
Berube is usually hesitant about making lineup changes when the team is on a win streak or playing well.
The Flyers have won three straight and are 9-2 in their last 11 games.