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Flyers forward Giroux in lineup vs. Rangers

by Mike G. Morreale

NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux will be in the lineup for the Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Giroux, who sustained an apparent lower-body injury during practice on Monday and was considered doubtful against the Rangers, took pregame warmups and declared himself ready to go. He will center a line with Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek.

Jason Akeson will be a healthy scratch.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Tuesday that Giroux could miss as many as two games. Giroux didn't participate in the morning skate Wednesday, and the Flyers recalled Scott Laughton from their American Hockey League affiliate in Lehigh Valley.

Hextall said he was as surprised or "maybe more so" when he got word that Giroux would join the Flyers for pregame warmups and couldn't really elaborate on the injury. He acknowledged that Giroux couldn't worsen the injury and that it would come down to how much pain he could bear during the course of the game.

Giroux was seen in a walking boot when he arrived to the Garden in the afternoon.

"I don't know, maybe he's a good healer," Berube said. "Don't make the Giroux thing bigger than it is. He was at home today and felt better and wanted to play. Are you going to tell him, 'No, stay home?' No, so come on down and try it out. If you feel good and are ready, and feel you can help the hockey team, then of course we would want you to play."

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