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    Flyers opening night roster

    The Philadelphia Flyers have set their 2018-19 opening night roster, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

    The Philadelphia Flyers announced the following roster moves today:

    The Flyers have loaned forward Taylor Leier to their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, placed goaltender Michal Neuvirth on Injured Reserve and goaltender Calvin Pickard on Non-Roster status.

    In doing so, the Flyers have submitted their 23-man Opening Day Roster for the 2018-19 season as follows:

    FORWARDS (14)

    11 - Travis Konecny RW
    12 - Michael Raffl LW
    14 - Sean Couturier C
    15 - Jori Lehtera C/LW
    17 - Wayne Simmonds RW
    19 - Nolan Patrick C
    21 - Scott Laughton C
    22 - Dale Weise RW
    23 - Oskar Lindblom LW
    24 - Mikhail Vorobyev C
    25 - James van Riemsdyk LW
    28 - Claude Giroux LW
    40 - Jordan Weal C/RW
    93 - Jakub Voracek RW


    3 - Radko Gudas
    6 - Travis Sanheim
    8 - Robert Hagg
    9 - Ivan Provorov
    26 - Christian Folin
    47 - Andrew MacDonald
    53 - Shayne Gostisbehere


    37 - Brian Elliott
    41 - Anthony Stolarz

    INJURED (5)

    5 - Samuel Morin
    30 - Michal Neuvirth
    34 - Alex Lyon
    38 - Corban Knight
    75 - Pascal Laberge

    NON ROSTER (1)

    33 - Calvin Pickard

    Prior to setting their roster, the Flyers assigned LW Taylor Leier to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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    The below practice update might give an insight into what the opening lineup could be.

    The Flyers took an early flight from Vail, Colorado where they wrapped up their team bonding trip and wasted no time stepping on the ice for practice in Las Vegas ahead of the season opener.

    Below are the main storylines to come out of BOTH the Golden Knights and Flyers practice.

    The Flyers practiced primarily with the line groups of:
    van Riemsdyk-Vorobyev-Simmonds

    James van Riemsdyk has been seen on both Patrick's line and with Vorobyev in the preseason. From all accounts at practice today, he will start with Vorobyev. Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said that while the lines aren't quite concrete, the versatility of some players, most notably van Riemsdyk, is a huge bonus heading into the season.

    HAKSTOL: "I know how we're starting tomorrow night. The great thing is, and we talked about it right when Reemer signed back in the summer time, was the options and the different looks that is potentially there. Things have a way of developing as you go through a season. Day 1 isn't necessary cemented in concrete. We have a good starting place and combinations that we like. We see some chemistry with all the groups that we have up front and that's where we're going to start. If we need to make some changes as we go, we will."

    The blue line is a little bit of a different story with pairings and who would be in the final sixth spot:

    HAKSTOL: "I haven't decided who are six defenseman will be for tomorrow... There's a couple combinations of players who have played together in the past and there's combinations that we've used significantly in preseason."

    What was used at practice were the following pairings: Gostisbehere-Provorov, MacDonald-Hagg & Sanheim-Gudas with Christian Folin filling in on certain drills.

    Flyers GM Ron Hextall addressed the media and one of the main topics was Mikhail Vorobyev making the squad in just his second training camp. Hextall was adamant that he earned the job and it wasn't a case in which there was a spot open and he was the best of the "rookie" class.

    Vorobyev's reaction to the conversation Hextall had with him...

    VOROBYEV: "It felt great. It's a dream come true. Everybody wants to play in the NHL because it's the best league in the world. I'm very excited and happy to be here and be a part of this team."

    Despite the obvious being his countryman in Ivan Provorov, Vorobyev didn't point solely to him as the point person who helped him on this journey, which also included the chemistry with his line mates.

    "Everybody. They all have been very helpful... [Linemates] are all very smart players and it worked out very well. We just get along and that makes things easy."

    Calvin Pickard, who the Flyers claimed off waivers on Tuesday, was not at practice and is doubtful to join the team in Las Vegas. If that is indeed the case, Anthony Stolarz would serve as back up, with Brian Elliott receiving the start on opening night for the second straight year.

    Hextall addressed the goaltending situation and the enormous depth they could face in a few weeks:

    HEXTALL: "We felt good about grabbing Calvin. How it's goin to shake out, I truly don't know... We'll take the information we get at the appropriate time and when we have to make a decision, we'll make those decisions."

    More from Hextall below...

    The Flyers are certainly no strangers to waiting... a long time... for the puck to drop. Last season they waited while the Nashville Predators raised a Western Conference Championship banner, and they'll do the same this year with the Golden Knights.

    SIMMONDS: "They have all that stuff going on, but we can't let it take us off our game, so for us it's going to be worrying about ourselves and going about our business. We've had a good camp here and now it's time to start the regular season."

    Vegas is coming off a, needless to say, impressive inaugural season. They posted a 51-win campaign and 109 points to win the Pacific Division. Then, took care of their first three opponents in the playoffs, going 12-3 en route to the Stanley Cup Final where they eventually fell to the Washington Capitals.

    HAKSTOL: "We know what kind of a team they are. They work, they play fast, they play tenacious, they play hard so you have to respect that out of your opponent but at the same time it's all about us. We're not going to put the sole focus on our opponent, we're going to do what we need to do and how we want to go out and play."

    Speaking of the Golden Knights. Many experts never predicted they would have the season that they did. A lot of those experts are still having their doubts that they can't duplicate that in Year 2, but the thought is much different inside the locker room.

    WILLIAM KARLSSON (Courtesy of Gary Lawless,
    "They think it was a fluke. That's OK. We'll prove them wrong."

    DEREK ENGELLAND (Courtesy of Gary Lawless,
    "It's pretty simple. We didn't win the last game. We got to the Final and came up short. No one wants that. We got close and we got a taste. We have unfinished business."

    Their successful season last year didn't have them resting easy in the off season either. They acquired a pair of forwards which will only add to their depth on each line. Center Paul Stastny came aboard during free agency and Vegas made a deal with Montreal to pick up scoring winger, Max Pacioretty.

    HEAD COACH GERARD GALLANT (Courtesy of Adam Hill, Las Vegas Review Journal)
    "Obviously, they're both top-six players, so there's a good chance they're probably going to play together. We'll see where it goes, but they're both really good two-way hockey players that can play in a lot of different situations for us."

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