Voracek was hooked by Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador on a second-period breakaway, and his lower back collided with the post. He was awarded a penalty shot, but slid the puck wide against goaltender Cory Schneider and left for the dressing room shortly afterward. Vincent Lecavalier took Voracek’s spot on the first line.
Voracek did not return to the game, which the Flyers lost 2-1. He led the Flyers last season with 22 goals and 46 points in 48 games.
After the game, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the injury was "nothing serious" and that Voracek would be evaluated again on Wednesday.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis