After losing Game One, the Flyers are tinkering their line-up quite a bit in an effort to get back in the win column come the final buzzer of Game Two.
Everyone's favorite Car-Bomb returns to the ice tonight
Word spread across Twitter today, mostly through CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio and John Boruk, that the Flyers were going to change up their on ice product for the second game of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, and that they did. Entering the line-up is the fireball of a human being Dan Carcillo, a healthy scratch since Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal. To open up a spot for Carcillo, James van Riemsdyk has been sat down for tonight’s game. In my opinion, JVR was an easy choice here. He’s clearly been in over his head these entire playoffs, and really aside from Game Seven in Boston he’s basically just been a body going through the motions during his shifts. It’s a change that needed to be made to increase both the intensity and aggression of the Flyers as a unit in a game that’s as close to a must-win as they’ll get this early in a series tonight in Chicago.
Along with the offensive changes, Oskars Bartulis will play in his first playoff game since round one against the New Jersey Devils tonight as he has gotten the call in favor of Ryan Parent, who hasn’t been playing with any confidence at all in the past few games, highlighted by a grand total of 41 seconds of ice time in Game One. Bartulis gives the Flyers defense a fresher body who can contribute, but won’t be expected to do anything more than log maybe eight minutes tops a game. I think he can handle that.
With those two line-up changes in mind, here are the lines for tonight:
Dan Carcillo – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Simon Gagne – Claude Giroux – Arron Asham
Danny Briere – Ville Leino – Scott Hartnell
Ian Laperriere – Blair Betts – Darroll Powe
Chris Pronger – Matt Carle
Braydon Coburn – Kimmo Timonen
Oskars Bartulis – Lukas Krajicek
….Obviously, the pairing of Bartulis and Krajicek together and the distinct possibility that they may be out there at the same time is down-right frightening, but it can’t be any worse than Krajicek and Parent, right? RIGHT?
….Offensively, the top two lines with a little bit of tinkering, but I think we may see some great things from the combination of Gagne, Giroux, and Asham. Those three are all skilled with the puck and with Asham’s big body and the likelihood of them cycling, they certainly have the capability to wreak havoc.
Same team, new look. Let’s see if it makes a difference.