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Travis Konecny will be a healthy scratch tonight

This surely will go over well with the fanbase.

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Dallas Stars Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, it was Brayden Schenn who received the one-game “send a message” scratching from head coach Dave Hakstol. This year, both Michael Raffl and Shayne Gostisbehere have gotten the same treatment as well.

We can now add Travis Konecny to the ever-growing list.

After the morning skate in San Jose today, Hakstol announced to the assembled media that Konecny would sit for tonight’s game against the Sharks.

Konecny has not scored a goal in 22 games, but is coming off a performance against the Blues on Wednesday that saw him contribute two primary assists to the cause. And despite the 22-game goalless drought, Konecny has posted a +0.58% score-adjusted Corsi relative to his teammates during that timespan, hinting that he hasn’t been a major liability at 5-on-5.

Hakstol’s history of going to this well on numerous occasions speaks to his belief that a one-game scratching is a useful motivational tactic. It’s fair to wonder, however, if it truly has a positive impact on the players, or if any such impact might be neutered due to overuse of the tactic.

In the end, removing Travis Konecny from the lineup is a move that hurts the Flyers in the here-and-now. He’s been the team’s most efficient scorer at 5-on-5 (1.90 Points/60) and brings an element of speed on the wing that the team has sorely lacked in recent years. They’ll miss him tonight against a very good Sharks squad. As a result, fans can only hope that the scratching proves to be beneficial to Konecny over the long-term in aiding his development as an NHL player.