The Flyers have announced that rookie Luca Sbisa will replace suspended Daniel Carcillo as forward for game two of the Flyers – Penguins first-round series. Naturally a defenseman, Sbisa has played forward on the fourth line sparingly for the Flyers during the regular season. It will be his first career NHL playoff game.
With Kimmo Timonen and Randy Jones missing practice on Thursday due to injuries, it makes sense to have your emergency defenseman dressed. Sbisa is strong on the forecheck and can move the puck. However, his finishing skills are a bit off.
Sbisa was brought up to the Phantoms after his season with Lethbridge of the WHL ended. He was then brought up from the Phantoms to the Flyers the instant Philly’s post season began because of salary cap allowences in the playoffs.
Darroll Powe will move to a line with Danny Briere and Claude Giroux.