The Flyers believe Oskar Lindblom will eventually get rewarded for the work he put in over the offseason.
Through the team's 13 games, Lindblom has one point and is without a goal. After the Swedish winger played a season-low 12:03 minutes in the Flyers' 5-2 loss Saturday to the Stars, head coach Alain Vigneault wants Lindblom to reset by watching.
When the Flyers host the Flames on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP), Lindblom will be a healthy scratch.
"Oskar has been working extremely hard," Vigneault said Monday after practice. "I really liked the way his game was trending. Wasn't able to get on the scoresheet, but was doing a lot of the right things. Last game, had maybe a little bit of a tougher game, so we're going to use tomorrow sort of as a reset."
Lindblom played on the Flyers' fourth line against Dallas and finished with a minus-3 rating.
"I told him that I have a lot of faith that he'll get back to where he was before," Vigneault said. "It's going to take time, it's going to take patience and it's going to take a lot of hard work from him. But hard work, after what he's been through, I'm sure that he'll get it done."
The 25-year-old entered training camp in excellent shape. Last season, he played in 50 of the Flyers' 56 games, but the shortened 2020-21 campaign was physically taxing for Lindblom. He had beaten cancer six months prior to the start of the season.
"You want to score but as long as you win games and hopefully one is going to bounce in soon," Lindblom said last Wednesday. "Just have to keep going and make sure we win more games."
Lindblom has 19 shots, tied with Scott Laughton (one goal, three assists) and only two behind Joel Farabee (four goals, three assists).
"He's working extremely hard, he's getting chances, he's just not getting the bounces right now," Claude Giroux said. "Maybe a reset is what he needs and kind of take a step back. Knowing Oskar, he puts more pressure than he should on himself. He wants to succeed, he wants to play great and help the team. We all know that. I really feel he's not far off."
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