Flyers open new slate in April with new face and return of Hart


After having two days between games for the first time since Feb. 25-26, the Flyers (17-14-4) will try to put March in the past when they begin their April slate against the Islanders (23-10-4) on Saturday.

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Tanner Laczynski, a 2016 sixth-round draft pick who developed over four years at Ohio State, is set for his NHL debut Saturday night. Laczynski will center the fourth line.

The 23-year-old has been one of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley's best forwards. Prior to being called up Thursday to the taxi squad, Laczynski had six goals over his last five games with the Phantoms. He does a lot of things right and provides positional versatility.

"I've been to some development camps with him in the past, he's a really good player," Joel Farabee said Friday after practice. "I've been keeping up with him down in Lehigh, he's been playing really well, so we're excited for him. He brings a lot of energy to the lineup, he's a hard-working guy, has a lot of skill in his game, too, which I think is very underrated. I'm excited for him."

Vigneault hasn't seen much of Laczynski yet. This is Laczynski's first year at the pro level and he was unable to participate in Flyers training camp because of a recovery from offseason core muscle surgery. Vigneault has heard good things from general manager Chuck Fletcher and Lehigh Valley head coach Scott Gordon.

"What we have here, according to Chuck and Scott, is a very smart player that can play a 200-foot game, can play the wing or center," Vigneault said Friday. "Chuck tells me that he's a very dependable player, plays both ends of the rink."

• Carter Hart will make his return to the net for his first start since March 25.

The 22-year-old did not suit up for either of the two games in Buffalo, New York, as the Flyers finished March 6-10-1. The Flyers wanted Hart to have a stretch of solely focusing on practice and extra work.

Hart has a 4.04 goals-against average in 22 games this season after putting up a 2.42 GAA in 43 games last season.

"Just like our team, everybody benefits from good practices and Carter's going to benefit from practicing here," Vigneault said Monday.

• Oskar Lindblom and Nolan Patrick will return to the lineup after Vigneault held them out for rest last game.

"It goes up and down every day," Lindblom said Friday of how he feels this season after coming back from his cancer fight. "You can feel great one day, another day you feel like you haven't played hockey for a while. You just have to battle through, try to be strong mentally and do your work every day and hopefully feel good. That's the only thing I can do, try to recover as well as I can and be on top of my game while we're playing."

The Flyers had Thursday off and practiced Friday. They had 17 games in March.

"Even just practice days, I feel like in a normal season, you have a bad game or whatnot, you can have a full practice day to kind of figure some things out, whereas this year, you're just on go mode kind of the whole year," Farabee said Friday. "I felt like our practice was really good today, we pushed the pace and worked on some things. This is a big road trip for us."

Projected lineup



James van Riemsdyk-Sean Couturier-Joel Farabee

Jakub Voracek-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny

Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Nolan Patrick

Oskar Lindblom-Tanner Laczynski-Nicolas Aube-Kubel


Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Samuel Morin-Shayne Gostisbehere


Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

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