Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will take to the ice in his first preseason game on Tuesday when the club takes on the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center.
“If I didn’t think I was 100 percent, I wouldn’t be playing,” said Giroux after the team’s morning skate. “I’ve been battling the last few practices and I feel good so I’m going to play.”
It was originally expected to take two weeks for Giroux to recover from his lower-body injury suffered in the first few minutes of training camp on Day 1. It’s been just shy of that at 11 days.
Giroux missed the first six preseason games, but has been skating with the team since last Thursday during his rehab.
The Flyers play the second half of their home-and-home series against the Rangers tonight after a 6-3 loss at MSG last night. It is their third game in as many days.
A full roster for tonight’s game will be announced later in the afternoon.
It is unknown whether Giroux will also make the trip to Washington for the team’s preseason finale against the Capitals.
“I’m not [worried],” said Flyers head coach Craig Berube, who also announced that Ray Emery will also return from injury and see action tonight. “I don’t worry about stuff like that. They’re ready to play… They both need to play.
“I know it’s preseason, but it’s getting close. You have to get going. You can’t just think you’re going to turn it on. You have to get involved here tonight and play the right way.”
Last season, Giroux suffered an injury to his hand, but was able to play in two preseason games, posting a goal and an assist, prior to beginning the regular season.