"I'm hoping it gives us some energy,” Laviolette said of the day off. “We were zapped in New York, we didn’t have the pop that we needed.”
The ugly 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Sunday was the Flyers’ eighth game in just 13 days, and they looked fatigued for much of it. After a decent first period, the team had just four scoring chances in the 40 minutes that followed.
“On a good day, typically, I like to see [scoring chances] 20 to 10, 20 to 12, that’s a good night,” Laviolette said. "But we were way short of that – and we weren’t close to that either.”
Hoping to get his players reignited, the Flyers’ coach shuffled up the lines a bit from those seen in New York. Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and Dan Carcillo will remain together, but Scott Hartnell will play alongside Danny Briere and Jeff Carter, and Arron Asham will be back centering James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux.