BUFFALO NY - JANUARY 05: Brayden Schenn #10 of Canada celebrates scoring Canada's third goal against Russia during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship Gold medal game between Canada and Russia at the HSBC Arena on January 5 2011 in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Fresh from reports at the morning skate in Philadelphia this morning, Brayden Schenn will indeed make his season debut with the Flyers tonight when the Washington Capitals come to town. The lines were less than clear, but we know that Schenn will be in the lineup. We won't try to guess what line he's on at this point, either. Peter Laviolette has raised us better than that.
We also know that Andreas Nodl will return to the lineup, almost certainly on the fourth line, leaving Jody Shelley in the press box. Shelley is eligible to return to action this evening off of his five game suspension but won't be doing so just yet.
On defense, that wild and crazy Matt Walker experiment is over. He and his $1.7 million salary will return to the press box as Andreas Lilja returns to the sixth spot on the blueline. This is good news. Sort of.