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Flyers' van Riemsdyk hoping for quick return

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com
CHICAGO -- Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk is hopeful the lower-body injury that kept him out of Sunday's 4-1 road win against the Chicago Blackhawks will heal soon.

Van Riemsdyk spoke to reporters following the game on Sunday at the United Center and said he incurred the injury in the third period Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

"I tweaked a little something yesterday and kind of fell awkwardly," he said. "We'll see how it feels [this week]. I'd rather not go into the details, but it's just a little something and we'll see how it feels [on Monday] and go from there."

The Flyers next play on Tuesday at home against the Montreal Canadiens, which van Riemsdyk didn't rule out for a return to the ice.

"That's what we're hoping for," he said. "With the quick turnaround it kind of made it tougher for today, but hopefully for Tuesday I'll be ready to go."

Van Rimesdyk has 12 goals and 23 points in 44 games with a plus-15 rating for the Flyers this season.

Against Chicago, the Flyers moved Nikolay Zherdev to van Riemsdyk's line to go with Claude Giroux and Jeff Carter -- and the line responded well, scoring a combined three goals and nine points in the win.
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