In tonight’s preseason debut at the Wachovia Center against the Detroit Red Wings, the Flyers have slimmed down their roster and will be presenting a squad that will look very similar to the one on opening day.
For the first time all preseason, the team will stack its defense with its top-two pairings, partnering Kimmo Timonen with Braydon Coburn and Chris Pronger and Matt Carle.
Simon Gagne will also be making his preseason debut and a groin tweak slowed down his participation in training camp. The longest tenured Flyer will play on a line with Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk.
Goaltender Ray Emery is expected to play the entire game.
Projected line combos
Simon Gagne – Mike Richards – James van Riemsdyk
Scott Hartnell – Jeff Carter – Danny Briere
Lukas Kaspar – Claude Giroux – Mika Pyorala
Dan Carcillo – Darroll Powe – Jason Ward
Kimmo Timonen – Braydon Coburn
Chris Pronger – Matt Carle
Ryan Parent – Danny Syvret
Ray Emery – Brian Boucher