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Three injured Flyers skate, working toward returns

by NHL.com Staff

Forwards Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare all skated for the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday as they work to return from their injuries.

Couturier, who has been day-to-day with an upper-body injury, didn't rule himself out for Philadelphia's preseason game against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night at Prudential Center.

"I feel pretty much back to normal," he said. "I don't know the lineup yet, so we'll see."

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Giroux, who has been out since sustaining a lower-body injury in the first practice of training camp, isn't expected to play against the Devils. He has said he's hopeful of getting into a preseason game or two before the Flyers open the regular season Oct. 8 at the Boston Bruins. They have three preseason games remaining after Sunday.

"Pretty frustrated right now," Giroux said. "I'm pretty hard on myself and having this kind of injury, you just want to go out there and play your best but you can't because you can't really do the things you used to do. So just a matter of time for it to come back."

Giroux was asked if being able to take contact was an important step in his return.

"Getting hit, kind of pushing from different spots and getting the muscles in there, I think that's the key," he said.

Bellemare, who hails from Le Blanc-Mesnil, France, has a lower-body injury that has kept from showing the Flyers what he can do. The 29-year-old understands he needs to get back in the lineup.

"The coach needs to see me playing, there is no doubt about it," Bellemare said. "… There's never any good timing to be off the ice, but nothing you can really do about it. Have to keep positive and I'm going to be back and just make sure I give my 110 percent to give a good impression."

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