There’s been a flurry of announcements coming from the Flyers this afternoon. Allow us to compile them in bullet-point form.
- Joel Farabee is sick, and will not play tonight.
- Andy Andreoff has been re-called from Lehigh Valley.
- Shayne Gostisbehere will suit up tonight.
- Robert Hagg will be a healthy scratch.
Andreoff In, Farabee Out
Joel Farabee missed practice yesterday due to an illness, and wasn’t a part of practice today either.
After Adam Kimelman tweeted this out, the Flyers re-called forward Andy Andreoff from Lehigh Valley to fill in for Farabee against the New Jersey Devils tonight.
Farabee has been hot as of late, recording six points (4g, 2a) in as many games. He has averaged more time on ice recently, due to his performance. He is finally starting to hit his stride and contribute on the scoresheet. This illness comes at a bad time, but should only cost him this one game.
Andreoff joins the Flyers after posting one assist in his previous 13 games with the Flyers. He’s averaging 8:19 on ice per night with the Flyers. He’s also tallied six goals and four assists in 25 games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Gostisbehere In, Hagg Out
Shayne Gostisbehere is finally healthy, after being out of action since the January 7th game in Carolina. According to Dave Isaac, Ghost was quarterbacking the second powerplay unit at practice this morning, which means he will be suiting up for the Flyers tonight against the Devils.
With Ghost being inserted into the lineup, Robert Hagg ends up being the odd man out.
This move is puzzling to some, considering how the Flyers have been playing with Hagg in the lineup. Over their last 10, the Flyers are 7-2-1 and Hagg has contributed to that success. Over those 10 games, Hagg has pitched in five assists and is a (+5) on the scoresheet. Fun fact, those five assists for Hagg account for roughly 56% of his offensive production this year.
Gostisbehere is on the heels of another down year. He’s tallied five goals and seven assists in 40 games for the orange and black a clear decline from his 37 point performance last year, and an even bigger decline from his 67 point campaign the year before.
The Flyers welcome the Devils tonight for their third-out-of-four showdowns this year. The Flyers are 2-0-0 against the Devils so far this season, shutting them out in their first tilt. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. EST from the Wells Fargo Center in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA.
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