Elliot Desnoyers to make preseason debut in Flyers vs. Bruins game
The Flyers will return to the Wells Fargo Center for another preseason game against the Boston Bruins. It will be their second game in four days in a streak in which they will play four games in seven days to conclude their exhibition schedule.
The two teams met four days ago, as a team from the NHL Bruins defeated a predominantly young Flyers group. This time around, the two teams won’t have many of their star veterans in the lineup. Claude Giroux did not skate in any of the groups and it was later said that he had a maintenance day. He won’t be available tonight. Justin Braun has also had a day of maintenance and will not be playing.
Derick Brassard, who is fighting for a deep role, and Scott Laughton will not be in the lineup for the Flyers either. It will be Carter Hart’s net for tonight’s game as he will be assisted by Samuel Ersson.
Elliot Desnoyers will make his preseason debut and is expected to be on a line with James van Riemsdyk and Nicolas Aube-Kubel. Desnoyers had the chance to skate with the veterans of the Flyers a few days ago and Alain Vigneault had a lot of praise for him after the skating. He also thanked his staff for taking note as well.
“Every time he walks on the ice he gets noticed. Extremely hard worker, very enthusiastic. Whatever he does, he does it hard. So we wanted to put it with all the veteran players.
There will be quite a few other players in the roster looking to continue their quest for a spot on the roster. Connor Bunnaman and Jackson Cates are among the forwards who will try to fight for that 12th or 13th attacking role. Adam Clendening enters the lineup as he looks towards the seventh point of defense. Linus Hogberg, who returned from injury a few days ago, will also return to the roster.
The Flyers won’t have to face the Bruins’ top forward in Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. In fact, other than Jeremy Swayman at net, there will be hardly any regulars in the Boston roster. This will be the Bruins’ fifth exhibition game, so it’s no big surprise they won’t send their big guns to Philadelphia.