Jake Voracek felt something was off in the Flyers’ opening game Wednesday. He lost a half step of speed and — to him — it was extremely noticeable.

“You have more time to think if you’re ahead of other players” said the 24-year-old winger who missed a week of practice in the preseason after crashing into the New Jersey Devils’ net in a preseason game. “I didn’t have it last game but it’s like that every season. I played two games in the preseason so that’s basically two games in six months. Obviously everything goes on and I’m gonna feel better and better.”

Voracek usually the top line right wing was on the Flyers’ third line in the opener and against Montreal although it had just as much to do with trying to get the Flyers’ other lines scoring as it did the injury.

Two seasons ago the Flyers were second in the league with 3.17 goals per game. Last year they dipped to 2.75 goals per game.

Coach Peter Laviolette is trying to tap back into 2012-13’s chemistry by reuniting Voracek with center Sean Couturier.

The two played together in a playoff series against Pittsburgh.

“Jake had a good year” Laviolette said. “Sean had a good year. Max Talbot had a good year. I think we’d like to find a balance throughout our lineup. Nothing is set in stone.”

Laviolette said that putting Voracek down on the third line was to help Couturier arguably the Flyers’ best player in the preseason get going.

“I don’t need any motivation” Couturier said. “I know I can produce offensively. Whether or not people think what they think it doesn’t really matter to me. I know I can produce. I’ve just got to be patient and it will come.”

By the same token Voracek doesn’t look at the line change as a demotion. He was on the Flyers’ top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell last season and took a few shifts there in the first two games this season.