Following Wednesday's practice at the Skatezone in Voorhees, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media that forward Michael Raffl is expected to be out of action for 10 days to two weeks with an upper-body injury.
He suffered the injury in Tuesday's loss at Chicago after appearing in the first two periods and 9:36 of action on 13 shifts.
Raffl appeared in four games in the preseason, recording a goal and an assist, and had one goal through the first three games of the regular season, playing on the top line with Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, as well as seeing time on the team's power-play unit.
The suspension was only three games, but to Brayden Schenn it has been 180 days since he's had to think about sitting out the Flyers opening road trip.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety handed down their decision on April 24 of last season for charging Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie during Game 6 of the Flyers First Round series of the playoffs.
"It felt like a long road trip when you're not playing, bag skating and doing that type of thing, so I'm looking forward to it," said Schenn. "I continue to feel more confident to get better every year and heading into this year I'm going to start off with a great opportunity to get to play with great players right off the start and I'm going to try and run with it."
Only three players, plus goaltender Michal Neuvirth practiced today after their flight from Chicago arrived in the early morning hours. One of those players was Schenn, who is more than eager to get back into the swing of a normal game day routine.
Schenn accompanied the team on the opening road trip to get plenty of work in and be a part of meetings, while also filling in on line rushes at practice with his teammates.
Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol didn't comment on where exactly Schenn would be placed in the lineup, but with an injury to Raffl, a likely option would be where he ended last season, alongside Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds.
"He's gotta be ready to go. I know he's chomping at the bit," said Hakstol. "He's worked extremely hard and he's been a pretty productive part of our team in the role that he's played. Not just through preseason, but through the stretch last year. He'll be an important player for us, but we'll have to gauge a little bit where he's at game-conditioning wise, but I expect that he'll be just fine and ready to go in terms of his full role."
Schenn is coming off another career-year where he posted highs in goals (26), assists (33) and points (59), while also leading the team in scoring since Jan. 1 averaging a point per-game with 44 points (19g-25a) in 44 games. Those 44 points also tied for sixth among all NHL players since the New Year began.