Flyers Sharpen Their Skills in ‘different' Practice

During the grind of an NHL regular season, system work is constant in practice.

It can never hurt to sharpen the skills from time to time.

The Flyers used Tuesday to do so as the team had a skill-focused practice at Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey. Players were broken off into separate groups for 30-minute sessions, with a lot of the work being done under the guidance of Flyers skills coach Angelo Ricci.

"I've done this quite a bit in the past," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters on Tuesday. "Obviously, the schedule's got to permit it, but I usually call this 'Hockey Skill Days,' where usually, the whole half hour is just skill-oriented."

The Flyers on Thursday night started a stretch of four games in six days, so Tuesday made for a good day to sneak in some skill work.

"Players, in my experience, love it," Vigneault, who is in his 17th year as a head coach, said. "They love working on that, that skill work. [They] don't have a lot of time because of the amount of games that we play in the schedule. So when we do get a day like this where we can do it, it's usually a fun day for the players and it's a different day."

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