The Philadelphia Flyers will get a rematch against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, but winger Jakub Voracek will not step foot on the ice. Voracek, who left the Flyers’ game on Tuesday with a lower body injury, is still not ready to return.
Voracek was reevaluated on Wednesday and is currently day-to-day. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren claims it is not a serious injury and that he should be fine in the next couple of days, so hopefully he will return to the Flyers by the time the regular season starts. Voracek’s injury looked very similar to Matt Read‘s rib injury from last season, but according to current reports, his injury is affecting his lower back more.
So even though that means his injury is technically a “lower body” injury, Holmgren is still saying that Voracek should be fine. But do Flyers fans even trust a word out of that man’s mouth? Nope. However, Voracek did practice with the team on Wednesday, so that is a good sign that he could have just a minor injury. Just don’t hold your breath on it.
Some fans may have noticed that another Flyers winger has been missing in action. Since Voracek won’t play Thursday, that means that Wayne Simmonds is in the lineup. Simmonds has not played too much this preseason due to having to battle the flu over the past couple of days. Ever the fighter to get back on the ice, Simmonds was in practice earlier this week and on Wednesday.