When Flyers center Vinny Lecavalier returns from a lower body injury, he also could find himself in a new position.
Lecavalier has been sidelined the last three games since being injured in the Flyers 2-1 loss to visiting Phoenix on Oct. 11.
Both Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell, who suffered an upper body injury in the same game, are listed as day to day by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.
Yet Lecavalier was extremely active during Tuesday's practice at the Skate Zone, not only on the power play, but moving to the first line at right wing with center Claude Giroux and rookie Michael Raffl on the left wing.
"I feel there are more things I could do being on the off wing," said Lecavalier, who has a goal and two assists in five games. "Playing with G (Giroux) today, he is a special player and I guy who can get you the puck and I thought I went pretty good."
Lecavalier wouldn't speculate whether he would play on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center against the New York Rangers, but he was encouraged with his progress.
"I have been feeling better and better from Sunday until now, every day a lot stronger a lot quicker on the ice and feeling a lot better," Lecavalier said. "I can't comment if I can play on Thursday."
The Flyers, who last took the ice in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, have used the free time to conduct training camp-like practices in a way to turn around from their 1-7 start. Thus Berube, who took over for Peter Laviolette after the Flyers' 0-3 start, has been experimenting with combinations.
Most of all, he has been happy to practice with Lecavalier.
"He has made more progress and I wanted to get him with Giroux and see how it looked," Berube said.
So how did it look?
"I thought he fit in there pretty good with Giroux on the wing," Berube said. "I liked what I saw."
Berube insisted that he won't rush Lecavalier.
"We're not going to put him in there if he isn't comfortable enough," Berube said. "If we feel like he needs a day or two more, then we will give it to him."
Raffl, 24, has played three games with the Flyers after being recalled from the Phantoms following the injuries to Hartnell and Lecavalier.
At 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds, Raffl has caught the attention of Berube.
"The size and the skill is what intrigues me," Berube said. "And he seems like a confident kid to me, which I like."
Raffl says he doesn't know if he will be on the same line Thursday, but he certainly welcomes the opportunity.
"It was fun in practice," Raffl said. "Playing with those guys, that is what you want to do."
Breakaways. Hartnell, who participated in practice, didn't sound like somebody who would be returning on Thursday. "I want to be back as soon as possible but I don't want to come back early and jeopardize the strides I have made this week," Hartnell said. ... Berube moved defenseman Mark Streit to the point of the first power play unit in place of Kimmo Timonen. "I wanted to get the ice time for Kimmo, more five-on-five, more penalty kill minutes and I wanted to find a little more ice time for (Streit) on the power play." ... Giroux is looking for his first goal and the Flyers for their second win, but the captain on Monday remained confident of their postseason prospects. "We will take it here game-by-game and we will make the playoffs," Giroux said.
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