Flyers training camp is about to get more serious.
Coach Alain Vigneault expects to start putting together his probable playoff lines and pairings starting with Friday’s sessions in Voorhees. On Saturday, the team will have intrasquad scrimmages.
Having not played a game since March 10, the players aren’t as worn down as they would normally be as the playoffs approach.
“You don’t have the wear and tear, but you also don’t have that rhythm,” defenseman Justin Braun said.
They will start to get into a rhythm over the next few days, and playing an exhibition game against Pittsburgh on July 28 will also help.
The Flyers will restart the bizarre season Aug. 2 against Boston, the NHL’s top team, in a round-robin, seeding tournament. The Flyers went 2-1 against the Bruins during the regular season, beating Boston in a pair of shootouts (3-2 and 6-5) and dropping a 2-0 decision March 10, ending their nine-game winning streak.
Vigneault got emotional Thursday when talking about his favorite moment after serving a 14-day quarantine upon arriving in Quebec in early May.
“The first trip I made was to my parents’ senior-care residence,” he said.
He was excited to visit with his 87-year-old mother, Loraine, who has been battling dementia, and his father, Maurice, 85.
“It was a very cold day in May, but it was a good day for my mom. She recognized me and that was a real good day for me,” said Vigneault, who visited with his parents every other day that month.
“... This moment was no doubt the highlight” of being away from hockey.