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
- Claude Giroux
- Wayne Simmonds
- Danny Briere
- Jakub Voraceck
- Maxime Talbot
- Matt Read
- Sean Couturier
- Tom Sestito
- Braydon Coburn
- Marc-Andre Bourdon
- Andrej Meszaros
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
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