As reported by Habsinsideout.com, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ryan O’Byrne has been inserted into the line up for game 3 tonight at the Bell Center.
O’Byrne, 25, enters the active roster with the mission of using his 6-foot-6, 230 lbs. frame to counter the Flyers’ crease presence, especially on the power play, which has been responsible for most of Philadelphia’s nine goals in the series.
“I think I can add a lot to this series and I’m going take advantage of this opportunity and run with it,” O’Byrne told the media.
The Habs are expected to dress seven defensemen, leaving Marc-Andre Bergeron in and potentially taking forward shifts, with forwards Mathieu Darche and Andrei Kostitsyn removed. Forward Benoit Pouliot is predicted to re-enter the line up as well. O’Byrne has been a healthy scratch for the past three games.
Previously injured Flyers forwards Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere both skated at length with the team today and according to all reports don’t appear far from being game ready. However, neither are expected in the line up for game 3 and may be even held out of game 4 action.
Laperriere, being the closer of the two to return, skated with a full face shield, while Carter tested his mending foot with hard pivots and tentative speed bursts. The Flyers center was seen favoring his injured foot.
Fourth line winger Andreas Nodl told Anthony Sanfilippo that he hasn’t been told that he would be inactive tonight, which would rule out the return of anyone.