Cote will be replacing Gagne in the line-up tonight as Gags is getting more tests done today. Anthony Sanfilippo from the Delco Times reports that because of this change that the lines were “juggled” again. Carter is still skating with Briere and JVR, but Richards saw time with Pyorala and Hartnell while the third line remained Claude Giroux centering Asham and Carcillo. The 4th line will be Powe skating with Lappy and Cote as we anticipate the arrival of Blair Betts who without a doubt has been a huge missing puzzle piece to this team since we started. Having him for face-offs, penalty killing, leading his line/the rest of the team, and all-around good gritty fore-check and defensive play is more valuable than anyone could imagine. Emery should be getting the start to a “hostile” Caps crowd. Six years ago I wouldn’t have called it that, but hey times have changed.
As said in yesterday’s post, the Flyers need to do everything in their power to win this game and set up for a Halloween win at the Wach against the Canes on Saturday. Hopefully all this Phillies fervor will get them going or something. Blair Betts may make his return on Saturday and Ryan Parent may come back early next week. Let’s see what happens tonight.