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Jakub Voracek will be a game-time decision for the Flyers when they play the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The forward was ruled unfit to play in the Flyers’ 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Stanley Cup Qualifiers round-robin game Saturday that earned them the No. 1 seed in the East.
Rookie forward Joel Farabee skated in Voracek’s place at right wing on the top line with center Sean Couturier and left wing Claude Giroux and scored a goal.
Voracek had one assist in the first two games of the round-robin.
“He will be skating today,” coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. “Still a game-time decision.”
Voracek was third on the Flyers during the regular season with 56 points (12 goals, 44 assists) in 69 games. He had two assists in three games against the Canadiens, who are the No. 8 seed in the East. — Adam Kimelman