CHICAGO – Daniel Carcillo is ready to make an impression at the Stanley Cup final.
The Philadelphia Flyers forward says he’ll be back in the lineup for Monday’s Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks after sitting out the last three playoff games. The agitator has been itching to get back on the ice.
“You battle all year with these guys and you want to be in at this time of year,” Carcillo said after the morning skate. “It was hard sitting out those three games. I’ve got a lot of pent-up energy you’ll probably see released tonight.”
Coach Peter Laviolette wouldn’t confirm the lineup change. The most likely player to come out for Carcillo is James van Riemsdyk, who was a minus-2 in the 6-5 loss to open the series.
There’s a feeling among some of the Flyers that they weren’t physical enough in Game 1.
Carcillo plans to change that.
“I’m just going to play my game,” he said. “Running around, being physical and not taking any penalties to put the team down. And staying out of the stuff after the whistle.”
The winger lost his spot in the Flyers lineup during the Eastern Conference final when Jeff Carter returned from injury—a decision Laviolette said was among the toughest of his coaching career.
While Carcillo is known for getting under the skin of opponents, he’s a popular guy in the Philadelphia locker-room. He’s been fairly effective during these playoffs—even scoring an overtime winner in Game 3 of the first-round series with New Jersey.
“I can tell you all the guys are pretty happy to see him back in the lineup because he deserves it,” said Flyers forward Claude Giroux. “Hopefully he’s ready to go and ready to help the team win.”
One Blackhawks player that can count on hearing from Carcillo is Adam Burish. The Flyers were unhappy with his hit on Lukas Krajicek in the series opener because they felt it was from behind.
Burish remains unapologetic about the play.
“I don’t want to see anyone get hurt but this is the final,” he said. “Anything goes out there. I’m not here to make friends.”
The Blackhawks aren’t expected to make any lineup changes. Forward Andrew Ladd skated lightly on his own before the morning skate but remains sidelined with what is believed to be a shoulder injury.
Carcillo is likely to be the only new face in the game and he was showing off a gap-toothed grin while talking about the prospect. He did his best to stay positive while watching from the press box.
“It’s probably the hardest thing I had to do in my career,” said Carcillo. “I’m a guy who kind of wears his emotions on his sleeve. It was hard but you always want to see the team do well.
“It was a tough pill to swallow but I just worked hard every day in practice, did my extra work, and knew that this would be a long series. I just hoped that I could get a chance to get back in and I’m fortunate that that’s happening.”