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OTF: Del Zotto, Laughton back on the ice

Pair skates with the team for the first time since suffering injuries

by @NHLFlyers /

OCT. 23

4:01 p.m.

As if a breakout performance on Saturday night with a 6-3 win over Carolina wasn't enough good news, the Flyers had two more reasons to keep optimistic on Sunday morning.

For the first time with the entire group, defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forward Scott Laughton took part in practice since suffering injuries that have kept them out of the lineup for the last two weeks.

"It's nice to see them back with the group," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol.

"At this point I'm at trial and error," said Del Zotto. "Me and Laughts skated the last two days by ourselves just getting back into it with some flow stuff and trying to get our cardio back. It's a day-by-day thing right now, kind of see how we feel each day and go from there, so it's tough to say where we are in the timeline and the schedule."

Del Zotto suffered his injury late in the third period of the Flyers' 4-2 win at Madison Square Garden vs. Rangers on Oct. 6. The following day, it was announced that he would miss 4-5 weeks with a lower body injury.

Prior to that, Del Zotto appeared in five preseason games, recording one assist and averaging over 20 minutes of ice time at 20:48.

"More so than anything, mentally it feels good being back around the guys again. For me being out for so long last year, coming back and starting to feel comfortable again and then get the injury was tough. So I think just as far as my spirit's go, just being back around the guys and having that team chemistry, camaraderie, joking with the guys and have some fun is probably been the best thing for me."

Joining him out on the ice was forward Scott Laughton, who went down with a lower-body injury a couple days before Del Zotto during a practice at training camp. It was announced on Oct. 6 that he would miss 3-4 weeks after playing in four preseason games.

The pair were placed on injured reserve on the Flyers opening night roster submitted to the NHL. "I was really excited to have camp and start the year here," Laughton told following practice.

Both Laughton and Del Zotto will travel to Montreal to take part in some of the club's morning skate as the Flyers prepare to take on the Montreal Canadiens, who are 4-0-1 so far this season.

Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. on CSN and fans can listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic.

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