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Berube makes changes to Flyers’ lines

Oct 8, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Craig Berube shook up the Flyers’ lines this morning in his first on-ice session since being named new head coach yesterday.

Per NHL.com, here’s what Peter Laviolette’s replacement had for combinations:

Forwards
Scott HartnellClaude GirouxWayne Simmonds
Brayden SchennVincent LecavalierJakub Voracek
Maxime TalbotSean CouturierMatt Read
Jay RosehillAdam HallZac Rinaldo

Defense
Kimmo TimonenLuke Schenn
Braydon CoburnNicklas Grossmann
Andrej MeszarosMark Streit

Philadelphia hosts Florida tonight in a game that will be closely watched around the league. The Flyers have scored just three goals in their first three games, all losses.

Despite the team’s offensive woes, it’s better defensive play that Berube was stressing Monday.

“First of all, team defense,” Berube told CSN Philly. “We need to play better without the puck. When you play good hockey without the puck, the team comes together and does the right things to get the puck back and to keep the puck out of your net.”

According to CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio, this morning’s skate was considerably longer than a typical game-day session, with Berube “installing things he wants in the game.”

The Flyers also have a team meeting scheduled for today.

Steve Mason was reportedly the first goalie of the ice, which usually indicates the starter. The 25-year-old played well Sunday in Carolina, stopping 32 of 34 Hurricanes shots in a 2-1 loss.

Tim Thomas will apparently start for the Panthers, who got blasted, 7-0, Saturday in St. Louis.

  1. sjsharks66 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I felt bad for Mason during the Carolina game. Grossman and Hartnell just throwing players in to him while playing a solid game.
    These lines look like they will he more effective but Thomas is going to play hard tonight. Should be a good game!

    • mcphillthy - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Thomas can play lights out any given night. And after the butt whopping he took the other night I think he will be on point tonight. The flyers will have to earn any goal they get tonight so that worries me a little. But either way… This is the beginning of a better road for Philly. Go flyers!

      • stakex - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        That’s an unverifiable statement at this point. Thomas has played all of two games so far since leaving his bunker, and he was blown out in one of them.

        Yes, if Thomas plays up to his potential from a couple years ago he will be tough every night… but at this point there are still serious questions about how much that year off hurt him.

      • mcphillthy - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Well when he gets back in rhythm then just remember we had this conversation. He is still Tim Thomas. His talent is still there, even if it hasn’t been unleashed yet. As I said before.. he can playllights out on any given night. Hopefully tonight is not that night. It’s only unverifiable if you’ve never seen him play.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        though he is tim thomas…he still plays for florida…

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    One of my biggest complaints about Laviolette as a coach was that he NEVER allowed lines to develop any chemistry. If they weren’t immediately producing then bam he’d mix it up again. I don’t know much about Berube’s coaching style but I hope that’s one aspect that will change.

    Also Lavys system was so damn predictable anymore that it became completely ineffective. Hopefully Berube puts more of an onus on defense and doesn’t try so many long, long outlet passes. This club has far too much talent to play the way they have this preseason and through the start of the season.

    And, for the love of god, can ppl please stop talking about the goaltending… they’ve been fine, if not solid. It’s the offense and players like Mez (who’s been god AWFUL) and Coburn that have beeb the issue.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      I really wish they’d get Hartnell off that top line though. I haven’t seen chemistry between him and Giroux for a long while. I don’t think what worked on the Hartnell/G/Simmonds PP line will work in 5 on 5. Can’t have BOTH guys just standing in front, waiting for Giroux.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        i put across the wrong message here I think. I don’t think Simmonds stands around waiting for his teammates. it’s quite the opposite. but we know both those wingers’ places are in front of the net when they’re all set up. I don’t see how that’s gonna help. hope I’m wrong.

      • Meta - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        i agree with both of you. hartnell shouldnt be on that line and the long outlet passes need to stop. the dumping and chasing needs to be dialed back as well. it doesnt allow them to set up the offense and they look sloppy doing it. Still, i think Brayden needs to be in the center position. he looked really good in it last year and having Talbot as the 4th line center makes so much more sense to me than hall.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      and man-oh-man i really hope we don’t see too much of the Mesz/Streit pairing. please no, hockey god, please no.

    • goodolejr - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      It’s Philly so, sadly, you will ALWAYS hear about goaltending. Mason, aside from that first goal Sunday, has been very solid. I know it’s only 2 games but it’s still encouraging. I actually expected him to be pulled at some point after letting in that horrible goal but he kept his composure and kept them in it. That in itself was impressive.

  3. curioustraveler13 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Remember guys

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zqluFjtHyTw

  4. greenmtnboy31 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    That’s nonsense of the first order. For the record, both Florida keepers were blown out of that game. The FACT that Thomas played as well as he did in the season opener, after only a few weeks in camp, indicates he has a lot left in the tank.

    Florida has seen more of Thomas than anyone, and apparently they don’t feel their are “still serious questions”.
    Where were those serious questions after Thomas won the season opener?

    Your reference to “leaving his bunker” provides all the insight necessary to see through your liberal rant. Probably best that you get back in your mother’s basement.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      I’m with you, but you threw me for a loop with the last two sentences. “Liberal rant?”

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        “leaving his bunker”?

        I’ve been watching TT since his days at UVM and one thing I’ve learned is to not count this guy out. He probably would have won a national championship with UVM if they weren’t screwed in their semi-final with Colorado College awarded the game winning goal on a puck thrown into the net.

        I was not initially a big fan when he held out rather than sign with Colorado, when they had Roy at the time. However, he’s proven his worth and his tenacity to stick with it and prove his detractors wrong when no one would sign him and he had to play in Finland for several years. Not that their is anything wrong with Finland.

        As a Habs fan, I was actually rooting for TT to win it all in 2011.

        How many goalies have not gotten to the NHL until they were 28, not gotten a starting job until they were 32, when most goalies are getting shoved aside, and then goes on to win two Vezinas, a Conn Smythe and a Stanley Cup? Note that he is the oldest to win the Conn Smythe and only the second American at the time. This guy is special.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        i’m so confused dude. i don’t care about any of that. I just wanted to know why you thought stakex’s three sentences strictly about hockey were a “liberal rant.” it was neither liberal, nor a rant…… not to mention the fact that he didn’t really bash Thomas like you acted like he did. he said Thomas, in form, will still be tough every night. and i seriously doubt that you’ve had ALL your Thomas questions answered in 2 games.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Agreed, you are confused. I indicated why I thought and what I thought was his liberal rant. You want to debate what rant means? Find someone else.

        You are confused, I didn’t suggest all my Thomas questions were answered in two games, I’ve been watching TT for a long time, which provides me with a much broader basis for assessing what he’ll do than that dork’s two game assessment.

  5. hockeygod2893 - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    If lines are going to be switched up, I would like to see Vinny next to Giroux and Schenn at center on the 2nd line.

  6. joey4id - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Well! You don’t measure the quality of your team aginst a team like the Panthers. However, considering the Flyers have been bad against Mtl, Tor and Car, this is probably a welcomed opponent. Hopefully they can create some sort of momentum to build on. Braydon Coburn – Nicklas Grossmann skate like they’re wearing cement boots. These guys are not cut out for the fast paced NHL of today.

  7. wjr37375 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Switch the lines coach, that will surely make things better. Philly should concentrate on the offseason , they are going nowhere in a hurry this year. Go Sixers!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      …..3 games in and you already want them to give up? you know how people say Philly fans/media are brutal on their teams? you’re being part of that problem right now. it’s not a good thing, like some other Philly fans will lead you to believe. stop it.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        I agree not all of us are that way or even close…..But the world loves negativity and the media makes a tom off of it!

      • blackandorangeforlife - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        I agree not all of us are that way or even close…..But the world loves negativity and the media makes a ton off of it!

      • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        oh you ain’t gotsta tell me man. I’m a Flyers fan too. I hate how negative Philly fans are right now. it’s just a sport. if all they did was win all the time, it wouldn’t be any fun to watch. this stretch of all our Philly teams blowing hard will maybe wake the fans up to enjoy when they DON’T blow hard.

  8. slysipops - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    BERUBE was an offensive powerhouse in his day………….things should get much better FLYER fans

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