Voorhees, NJ – All signals from Saturday morning Skateboard Point are the Flyers’ 2019-20 top scorer and the goalkeeper who was placed on the bench in tonight’s match against Islanders at Wells Fargo Center.
Travis Konnekney was not in any of the strong play units in practice as he stayed off the side and then skated with other visible scratches (Robert Hague, Nate Prosser, Brian Elliott) after the morning session.
Samuel Moran, the club’s 13th striker who has yet to appear in a match so far this season, led the team’s exercises after training. Usually, when a player is driving stretches, there is some kind of importance to that. Also, his teammates often click their sticks or cheer during this moment, depending on the reason, but he was cool and calm on Saturday given Konekni’s circumstances who seem out of line.
Pre-match modes will be available for head coach Alain Vigneault at 4:45 PM ET. We’ll know more before dropping the puck (7 PM ET / NBCSP).
Konecny did not take a shot on goal and received two gifts at 17:33 minutes from Flyers beat the Devils 3-1 Thursday. He only played 4:20 in the third half and played about 30 seconds in the last five minutes of the match. After the match, Vigneault left Dissatisfied with the performance of the two best front lines and baffled him in the first two periods.
Getting Morin in straight set would be one thing, but doing it at the expense of Konecny’s place in the squad says something. This is the pilots’ first match against the team that eliminated them in the second round of the seventh round of the 2020 Stanley Cup qualifiers.
Unless Konekney is physically injured, and doesn’t seem to be thinking he’s getting into training and going overtime, that’s a loud message from Vigneault nine matches in the 2020-21 season. Konikni was an all-star player last season, topping the Flyers in goals (24) and points (61) in 66 games. The 23-year-old winger has five goals, three assists and a +5 score in his first eight matches this season.
Not only will the message be sent to Konecny, but also to the entire Flyers List. Despite their 5-2-1 start, the Flyers have excelled in seven out of eight matches, five of them by two-digit margins. Last season, the Pilots allowed the NHL’s lowest number of shots per game.
Philip Myers is expected to be back on Saturday evening from a broken rib. Skate alongside Travis Sanheim and he looks fine. Carter Hart will start at the net, while Brian Elliott is expected to play the second match of the successive set on Sunday.
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