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Changes to Flyers Power-Play Working Out

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VOORHEES — Shayne Gostisbehere has been hitting Jake Voracek up for advice the last couple days about the power play.

In the second game of the Flyers’ three-game Western Canadian road trip, coach Dave Hakstol made a change. Voracek came off the first unit in lieu of Ivan Provorov and Gostisbehere went into Voracek’s usual spot. The Flyers didn’t even toy with the new units in their morning skate.

“I think it’s good to get a fresh start,” Gostisbehere said. “We have two different looks to our power play, so I think it’s harder to defend.”

So far, so good. The Flyers went 1-for-3 against the Edmonton Oilers on the man advantage and 2-for-3 three nights later in Vancouver against the Canucks.

Against Calgary the Flyers were 0-for-4, which made them only 4-for-42 in their last dozen games. The Flyers stopped short of saying that the top unit was too predictable against the rest of the league.

“Predictable…,” coach Dave Hakstol said before pausing, “Do teams know what they’re trying to accomplish? I think they have probably for several years. But when things are clicking, it’s difficult to stop. I think that’s the case with a lot of parts of the game right now. There’s not too much hidden.

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