On Thursday morning, Alain Vigneault announced that no one on the Flyers COVID list would be going to Lake Tahoe. Those players are Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Jakub Voracek, Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton, Justin Braun, and Morgan Frost. That's a big chunk of their team, especially when it comes to scoring.
I'm not sure at what point the NHL decides to shut down a team as opposed to allowing (forcing?) them to continue to play because of a COVID outbreak or exposure. Although the NHL had a backup plan to send another team in place of the Flyers for the showcase Lake Tahoe weekend if they couldn't go, I wonder if the Flyers are being steered back into action because of their commitment to be one of the four teams involved in the outdoor invitational.
Regardless, the Flyers returned to action on Thursday and held it together long enough for a 3-2 shootout loss to a struggling Rangers team. The remaining Flyers' scoring options were leaned on a ton in this game.
Sean Couturier: 23:39
Kevin Hayes: 22:05
James van Riemsdyk: 21:46
Joel Farabee: 21:18
If you're looking for one Flyer that might benefit from all the absences, Michael Raffl might be the guy. Raffl recorded an assist in just over 20 minutes while taking on second-unit power-play responsibilities.
As for the outdoor game itself, check out these stunning visuals. I've never been to Lake Tahoe and I don't watch a lot of golf, so I'm interested to see what the whole setup looks like. Even if the outdoor game concept is no longer a novelty.
As if 2020 and 2021 didn't have enough to throw at us, the Dallas/Tampa Bay Stanley Cup