John Tortorella made his message clear on Sunday, at least to those watching the Flyers face the Sharks. Down 2-0 in the third period against a team with only one win on the season, Tortorella kept Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny on the bench for the entire third period. That was in addition to an injury to James van Riemsdyk, a broken finger that will now require surgery.
With injuries piling up, the Flyers are getting some relief in that department. Owen Tippett returns to the lineup after suffering an injury in the season-opener, and Rasmus Ristolainen makes his season debut on Thursday night when the Flyers host the Florida Panthers.
Game time is at 7 p.m.
Noah Cates is being shifted back to the wing in hopes of activating more offense. His only production this season is the game-winning goal scored in Tampa Bay last Tuesday.
Matthew Tkachuk continues to be off to a strong start in Florida. He was held without a point against the Islanders on Sunday, snapping a five-game points streak to start the season. He scored in Florida’s last game on Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Last Wednesday, Tkachuk had two assists in the Panthers’ win over the Flyers.
Carter Hart gets back in goal for Thursday’s game. He is off to an outstanding start this season with wins in all four games played. His last start last Saturday in Nashville was his best this season, making 31 saves on 32 shots.
Sergei Bobrovsky gets back in goal for the Panthers. Bobrovsky has been on the hook for two losses in a row, falling in overtime to the Lightning last Friday and allowing three goals to the Blackhawks on Tuesday. His last win came last Wednesday against the Flyers, making 30 saves on 33 shots.
Flyers Scratches: Cam Atkinson (injury), James van Riemsdyk (injury), Tanner Laczynski (personal)
Panthers Scratches: Anthony Duclair (injury), Aaron Ekblad (injury), Lukas Carlsson (healthy), Nick Cousins (healthy)
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