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Flyers' Simmonds 'up in the air' for opener: report

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was wearing a walking boot on his left foot while watching practice Sunday in Orleans, Mass. His status for the regular-season opener against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN) remains in question.

"Fifty-fifty? I can't put a number on it," Flyers coach Craig Berube told CSNPhilly.com when asked about the chances if Simmonds would play. "He hasn't practiced. It depends. Everybody is different.

"Right now, he's out. And he hasn't practiced, so we'll see about [Monday]. If he can get on the ice [Monday] and then maybe practice the next day, maybe I'll consider putting him in [Wednesday]. I don't know. Right now it's up in the air."

Simmonds, who led the Flyers with 29 goals last season, was injured last Tuesday against the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center. Entering his fourth season with the Flyers, Simmonds has 111 goals and 234 points in 449 games over six seasons, including his first three with the Los Angeles Kings.

Blair Jones is likely to skate with Sean Couturier and Matt Read in Simmonds' absence.

"Like I said, without skating and stuff, then he's going to play the Boston Bruins, that's not fair to him probably and not fair to the team," Berube said. "We'll have to see how it goes."

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