EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Michael Del Zotto is back in the Flyers' lineup. Luke Schenn is back in coach Craig Berube's doghouse.

After being a healthy scratch the last two games, Del Zotto will be paired with defenseman Andrew MacDonald on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Schenn was a healthy scratch for two recent games, but is minus-4 in the three games he has played since returning to the lineup, and he played poorly in Wednesday's 5-4 shootout loss in Anaheim.

"He can play a lot better," Berube said after Friday's practice in suburban Los Angeles.

Del Zotto, arguably the Flyers' best defenseman in the first month of the season, went for a 90-minute solo walk on the beach in Malibu on Thursday, "and that seemed pretty helpful to just clear my head and get away from the game a little bit," he said.

The 24-year-old defenseman added it was good "letting your mind go and not worrying about things or overthinking things. I think anytime when you are out [of the lineup], you seem to overthink things and complicate things."

Schenn said he was "not going to hang my head" over his latest benching. "That's probably the last thing you should do in this situation."

Schenn conceded he has been thinking "you can't make a mistake" on the ice or he could be benched. "When you think like that, it leads to more mistakes, and I got caught up in it a little bit."

Berube knows Schenn is frustrated to sit out.

"It's not easy. I know that. I've played, and I've been there," Berube said. "Saying that, you've got to play through it and be mentally tough."


Jake Voracek entered Friday tied for the NHL lead with 33 points; the Flyers acquired him and two draft picks that turned out to be Sean Couturier and Nick Cousins in 2011 for Jeff Carter, who is second on the Kings with 18 points. . . . Braydon Coburn has been on the ice for 10 opponent power-play goals in the last 12 games.