Jake Voracek is no longer a fourth liner. Sure, he has goal scoring numbers like a fourth liner still, but coach Dave Hakstol will mix things up for tonight's game between the Flyers and Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center, jumping Jake up to the second line with Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds.
Here's the lineup the Flyers will employ tonight, via NHL.com:
- Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn
- Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds
- Matt Read, Scott Laughton, R.J. Umberger
- Chris VandeVelde, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Ryan White
Voracek's been on the fourth line for much of the last month or so, and the results haven't been pretty. Putting a guy on a grunt line in an attempt to get him going offensively never really felt like a smart move, and keeping him there for as long as Jake played there seemed even more ill-advised. So this is good.
That said, he's even looked a bit passive on the top power play unit, so hopefully this move gets him going at even strength and that carries over to special teams. Voracek played on Couturier's wing very briefly a year ago, but I don't believe he's ever played on the left side as a Flyer.
Here are the d-pairs tonight:
- Michael Del Zotto, Radko Gudas
- Nick Schultz, Evgeny Medvedev
- Shayne Gostisbehere, Brandon Manning
Michal Neuvirth will get his third straight start in goal for the Flyers. Carolina makes their final trip to Philadelphia on the heels of a mini two-game winning stretch. They sit two points back of the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division, and they've scored five goals in each of their last two games. Hopefully Neuvirth, who has been fantastic for the Flyers of late, can stop the surging Canes in their tracks.
Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers
7 p.m. ET | Wells Fargo Center | South Philly
TV: CSN Philly, FS Carolinas
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic, 97.3 ESPN South Jersey