The Flyers fell to the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-1 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Matt Niskanen scored for the Flyers while Danton Heinen, Peter Cehlarik and Connor Clifton scored for Boston.
Brian Elliott played the first two periods in net for the Flyers while Alex Lyon got the third.
The Flyers and Bruins both had heavier AHL lineups, especially at forward. The Flyers fourth line for the game was Carsen Twarynski-Connor Bunnaman-Kyle Criscuolo which is highly likely to be the Phantoms 2nd line in the regular season. The Phantoms top line would likely be the 3 forwards who don’t make the opening night roster of Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and German Rubtsov. Of course, injuries and the remainder of camp may make that a bit more difficult.
On defense, the Flyers used their likely top 4 for the regular season with Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen taking the top pair and Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun on the seconnd pair. The third pair was Tyler Wotherspoon, who will be a Phantom and Phil Myers who will likely pair up with Travis Sanheim in the regular season. Robert Hagg and Sam Morin, one of whom will likely be the 7th defender are vying for that final slot.
With the news in Winnipeg that Dustin Byfuglien may be done playing hockey, it’s also possible that one of Hagg or Morin is dealt to Winnipeg to give the Jets an extra NHL caliber defender. Doing so would be a benefit to both teams given that it would relieve the bottleneck of NHL defenders for the Flyers and give the Jets a younger, yet NHL caliber, body for their blue line.
In goal, there were no surprises, Elliott is here to play with Carter Hart while Alex Lyon will likely be the swing man yet again. JF Berube, Lyon and Felix Sandstrom make the Phantoms goalie situation murky, but Sandstrom, like Kirill Ustimenko is eligible for the ECHL and if there are no waiver claims on Berube or Lyon, it’s very possible Sandstrom and Ustimenko are the Reading Royals goaltenders.