Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell Down While Danny Briere Rises

By Sean O'Brien
Danny Briere Philadelphia Flyers
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With Philadelphia Flyers‘ forward Scott Hartnell down with an injury, it’s encouraging to know that Danny Briere is on the way up.

Yes, the insertion of the word “down” after the name Hartnell was intentionally done to reference the gregarious forward’s well-known charitable cause. That nickname developed over time, as number 19 was often seen falling down on the ice during games for whatever quirky reason.

However, the fact that he actually went down with an injury to his left foot in a game against the New Jersey Devils this week is no laughing matter. His loss hampers a team that has suffered three straight losses to begin the season. To then be without one of their top players for an unknown amount of time is highly concerning.

Thankfully, Briere should be ready to make his season debut by next week at the latest. He continues to recover from an injury that occurred while he was playing in Germany during the lockout in December. The hairline fracture in his left wrist isn’t overly serious, or he wouldn’t be this close to returning to action.

While number 48 has been a sensational playoff performer through the years, his regular season output hasn’t always been consistent. Last year he had 16 goals in 70 games and then scored eight goals in 11 postseason games.

While line combinations are always fluid, look for Briere to join Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek on Peter Laviolette’s top line when he does return to the rink.

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