VOORHEES, NJ – The All Score Flyers 2019-20 leading scorer and goal scorer from Skate on Saturday morning was bowled for tonight’s game against the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center.
Travis Konkani was not on either power play unit in practice as he stayed on the side after the morning session and then skated along with other obvious scratches (Robert Haig, Nate Prosser and Brian Elliott).
The club’s 13th forward Samuel Morin, who has yet to appear in a game this season, led Stretch after the team’s practice. Usually, when a player moves towards the stretch, there is some form of it. In addition, teammates often tap on their sticks or cheer during such a moment, depending on the cause, but it was quiet and subdued on Saturday, leaving Konkenny’s circumstances out of the lineup they were finished.
Head coach Ellen Vigneault confirmed in her pregame media availability at 4:45 pm ET that Konecki will be scratched tonight.
“I believe TK is one of our top three, has tremendous potential, is doing some things like going to the net, stopping and scoring some big goals for us,” Vigneuel said. “But I also believe that right now our 5-on-5 play is not where it needs to be. I’ve been talking to the players for some time, about the areas that we think we need Should be better. We’ve been good in the past. TK is tonight who’s not going to play. His 5-on-5 game should be better in areas he’s aware of; I had a nice chat with him this morning. And hope, next time he returns to the lineup, to play properly. “
Konkani did not have a goal and the Flyers had two Giveaways in 17:33 minutes in the Flyers’ 3–1 win Thursday over the Devils. He played only 4:20 matches in the third round and played about 30 seconds in the final five minutes of the game. After the game, Vigneault was angered and upset by the performance of his top two forward lines in the first two periods.
It would be one thing for Morin to get a game in back-to-back sets, but doing so says something of the value of Konkani’s chance in the lineup. It is the Flyers’ first game against the team that ended them in Game 7 of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
This is a loud message sent from Vigneault nine games into the 2020-21 season. Konsey was an All-Star last season and led the Flyers (24) and points (61) in over 66 games. The 23-year-old winger has five goals, three assists and a plus-5 mark through the first eight games of this season.
“There’s a big game, 200-foot game that you need to play,” Vigneault said. “Tonight he is going to get the opportunity to reset and I’m sure the next time he is going to be in the lineup, he will be real good for us.”
This message is sent not only to Konkani, but also to the entire roster of Flyers. Despite their 5–2–1 start, the Flyers have dropped out of five with double-digit margins in seven of their eight matches. Last season, the Flyers allowed the NHL’s fewest shots per game.
“I’ve addressed the group once – not once – twice, basically after every game – about our need to play better 5-on-5. We have to do the right things to play properly Is needed, “said Vigneault.” My intention, and I came here to Philly to win the Stanley Cup, and to win a Stanley Cup is the surest way that you have to play. I especially just talk to the forward group Am doing. I think our D is trying real hard to play correctly. We won’t be right, we won’t be full on defense and on the front, but there is a certain way you need to play, some decisions. Which you need to do with and without the puck. This is what I’m going to do and this is what I’m going to get out of this group. ‘
Phillip Myers will return from the fractured rib on Saturday night. He skated with Travis Sanheim and liked to go. Carter Hart will start in net, while Brian Elliott is expected to play the second game of the back-to-back set on Sunday.
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