The Philadelphia Flyers just cannot catch a break on the injury front.
The team is having a rocky start with Claude Giroux still sluggish after his minor finger injury, Wayne Simmonds’ fight with the flu, and Jakub Voracek‘s sketchy lower body injury. Most of this happened in the preseason, but the Flyers were faced with yet another team injury on Friday night as they faced off against the Phoenix Coyotes. Flyers forward Scott Hartnell left the game during the first period with a lower body injury, and it had already been determined that he would not return to the game.
The fact that the team determined that Hartnell would not return before the third period even started is a bad omen; that most likely means that he is facing a really bad injury. The problem with “NHL Diagnoses” is that “lower body injury” does not tell you anything, because it could mean anything.
So, how is Hartnell’s injury going to affect the team? Well, Hartnell does not have any goals right now, so it is not as if they will be losing a power forward that is wracking up goals from them; no one is doing that right now. Hartnell only played four shifts in the game, so with his absence, Craig Berube tried to shift the top line as best he could. Brayden Schenn took his spot at the end of the first, but Matt Read was filling the void in the second period.
It could be good if Read is taking Hartnell’s spot, because it may give Read a good opportunity to stay on the starting line. It’s bad for Hartnell, but this team needs to step up their offense if they want to go to the playoffs again.