MONTREAL – Scott Hartnell is expected to be back on the Philadelphia Flyers top line for Game 2 of their NHL playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Hartnell skated on right wing with centre Daniel Briere and winger Vaclav Prospal on Saturday morning. They were his linemates for most of the opening round of playoffs against Washington.
He was a left-winger with Mike Richards and Sami Kapanen in Game 1. Joffrey Lupul will move onto the Richards line.
“We didn’t win the last game and we didn’t score, so (coach John Stevens) is looking for a spark,” said Briere. “He’s hoping we can recreate what we did against Washington in the first round.”
Briere and Prospal were one-two in league playoff scoring after the first round, but were held off the scoresheet in Montreal.
“Through injuries and different situations we’ve been in, we’ve used a lot of combinations,” said Stevens. “It seems like we’ve always found pairs that worked and then experimented with the third guy.
“Some worked really well. Scott Hartnell has probably played his best hockey with Vinny (Prospal) and Danny, so that’s something we’ll look at again.”
No roster changes were expected from either team.
Flyers defenceman Jaroslav Modry skated Saturday morning and was to fly home to the Czech Republic later in the day to attend the funeral of his father, Jaroslav Sr., who died last week of colon cancer. Modry is to return to Philadelphia on Tuesday.
In the Canadiens room, veteran defenceman Roman Hamrlik was the latest player to get a buzz cut for the playoffs.
Most of the team now look like army recruits, with the exception of a few mainly European players, including brothers Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn, Alex Kovalev and Swiss defenceman Mark Streit.
“Maybe it looks good on their heads, but not on mine,” said Streit, adding that he’ll cut his hair if the long-haired Kovalev goes first.
Kovalev has said he’ll consider cutting his long blond locks if the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup final.