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Voracek back, but injury bug hitting Flyers hard

by Adam Kimelman
PHILADELPHIA -- It appears the injury-plagued Philadelphia Flyers will get at least one player back in the lineup today, as right Jakub Voracek went all-out in practice.

Voracek sat out the final 35 minutes of Saturday's game against the New York Rangers and all of Sunday's game with the Detroit Red Wings with an upper-body injury.

Voraceck wouldn't reveal much about his injury, but said he felt good and was hopeful of playing again.

"I'm not used to missing games," he said. "Hopefully I'll be in tonight. If not tonight, it'll be Saturday."

While Voracek looked good, the Flyers could be without a few other key players. Forward James van Riemsdyk practiced, but will not play while he continues to recover from a concussion.

Forward Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Andrej Meszaros and Marc-Andre Bourdon skipped practice completely. Jagr has the flu and likely will not play. Meszaros has an upper-body injury and is questionable for tonight's game, while Bourdon missed practice for an undisclosed reason.

The Flyers didn't break into lines, so here's what they could look like, assuming Voracek and AHL call-up Eric Wellwood play tonight:

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
Brayden Schenn - Danny Briere - Jakub Voraceck
Eric Wellwood - Maxime Talbot - Matt Read
Jody Shelley - Sean Couturier - Tom Sestito

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle - Marc-Andre Bourdon
Erik Gustafsson - Andrej Meszaros

Ilya Bryzgalov will be in net after recovering from his own bout with the flu. Sergei Bobrovsky will serve as the backup.

If either Meszaros or Bourdon can't play, Andreas Lilja would enter the lineup for the first time since Feb. 4.

The Flyers also will be without forward Zac Rinaldo, who will serve the first game of his two-game suspension tonight.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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