Overcoming the loss of Simon Gagne’s defensive swagger, Jeff Carter’s team-leading scoring streaks and Ian Laperriere’s effort, won’t be easy when the Flyers take on the sixth-seed Boston Bruins in a second-round match up set to begin on Saturday in Bean Town.
But with some line changes and the insertion of certain black aces, the Flyers can only hope to manage the drop off as best they can.
According to Sam Carchidi, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has been using Claude Giroux on the top line wing opposite Dan Carcillo with Mike Richards centering.
Danny Briere will continue to center the second line with Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino on the edges.
Replacing Giroux as third-line pivot will be 5-foot-9, Alabama native Jared Ross. He will center Arron Asham and James Van Riemsdyk.
Andreas Nodl will attempt to fill the big shoes of Laperriere as fourth-line winger next to center Blair Betts and Darroll Powe.