By Rob Riches, Sports Talk Philly contributor
VOORHEES, N.J. -- As the Flyers took the ice for their first practice since their 5-2 drubbing against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, Dave Hakstol decided to implement some variety up front.
Not that it should be too much to look into -- especially with the pending return of Roman Lyubimov to the big club -- but three out of four lines saw relatively big-time shake-ups.
Claude Giroux kept his top-line spot, centering Michael Raffl and Matt Read. Sean Couturier pivoted Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek, in a revival of the second line at the start of the year. Brayden Schenn centered Wayne Simmonds and Dale Weise (with Nick Cousins making some occasional appearances on the line). The fourth line of Chris VandeVelde, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Boyd Gordon was the only one to remain intact.