Flyers hope to have injured Foerster back by weekend

Tyson Foerster

      PHILADELPHIA – Flyers forward Tyson Foerster suffered a minor foot injury late in Saturday night’s game against Seattle and was scratched for Monday night’s game against Arizona but the Flyers are hoping to have him back in time for Saturday’s outdoor game against the New Jersey Devils in East Rutherford, N.J.

       Foerster took a shot off his skate late in Saturday’s game against Seattle. He limped off the ice and did not return to action. Sources say he had the foot placed in a protective boot. With Foerster out of the lineup, rookie Olle Lycksell took his spot against the Coyotes.
       At Monday morning’s skate at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees, N.J., Foerster’s teammate, Joel Farabee said Foerster “plays like a veteran” and is someone that can already “be trusted.”

      Prior to Monday night, Foerster had played in all but one of the Flyers’ 53 games, posting 10 goals/21 points with a plus-3.

      >Home games improving

      After two recent victories on home ice, the Flyers finally got their record back up over .500 at 13-12-2 after a 3-2 win over the Kraken.

      Prior to the pair of wins, the Flyers had dropped four straight games at the Wells Fargo Center and had been outscored in those matches by a 24-12 margin.

      “For us, I think it’s just been our starts at home,” Farabee said. “The games we’ve lost at home is because we’ve had bad starts. We were giving up the first goal of the game but the last two (at home, before the Coyotes game) we’ve scored first. It gives us a lot of momentum and gets the crowd into it, too. I think we’ve had some great crowds the last few games. It’s a lot of fun when the Flyers fans are going nuts.”

      >Good connection

      Farabee and center Morgan Frost have been developing some good chemistry. It’s a pairing which might see time together, both now and down the road.

      “One hundred percent,” Farabee said. “All of three of us, including Cam (Atkinson) are similar players I would say. We just try to move the puck, get open and try to create space for each other. That definitely helps with the offense. We didn’t get on the scoresheet the last game but the chances we got I feel helped build momentum.”

      >Which side for Sanheim?

      Travis Sanheim, a lefty shooting defenseman, has been playing both sides of the ice this season and Tortorella said he believes the right side is where the backliner is most effective.

      But with the acquisition of Jamie Drysdale from Los Angeles in the Cutter Gauthier trade, Sanheim pretty much has had to stay on the left because Drysdale, Sean Walker and Rasmus Ristolainen are all righty shooters.
      For Monday night’s game against the Coyotes, the coach had Sanheim back on the right side with lefty-shooting Cam York as his partner. Ristolainen was scratched due to a minor upper-body injury.

      “I think he (Sanheim) has been inconsistent but he’s still playing better than last year,” Tortorella said. “As we keep going here, in the big picture, I’d like to see him fall back on the right side. I think he’s a better player there.

      “We have work to do with Jamie, understanding our coverages. He’s 21. He’s going to get stronger, closing things out. But with Jamie (on the right), I don’t think that puts Travis in his strongest spot.”

      >Keeping defensemen active

      With eight defensemen on the roster, Tortorella was going with 11 forwards and seven defensemen for a number of games. He went back to the traditional 12-6 alignment on Saturday but returned to the 11-7 configuration on Monday night. The coach said he expects to use the 11-7 alignment often to keep all the backliners active.
      “I have to play the defensemen, there are eight ‘D’ that I really want to play,” the coach said. “When Jamie (Drysdale) came in and no one (on the active roster) left the team, it put me in a spot. So there are going to be seven ‘D’ most of the time unless something happens at the (trade) deadline.”

      >Trusting Frost

      Although he’s been benched a few times this season, Frost seems to be earning more trust from Tortorella these days. Frost entered Monday night’s game with 25 points in 42 games with a plus-8.

      “He played good the last game (Seattle),” the coach said. “He’s one who’s been up and down a little bit. He’s been more consistent making plays. I thought he checked really well that last game.

      “The thing I like about his game is he’s attacking the middle of the ice with the puck more. He used to be on the outside a lot. I think he’s taking people on, bringing people to the middle of the ice. You bring pucks to the middle of the ice, a lot of things can happen.”

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