Beaten Up Philadelphia Flyers Face Tall Task At Phoenix Coyotes

By Deanna Vasso
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The Philadelphia Flyers‘ visit to Denver was a sad one as their four-game winning steak was ended by the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. The team went without right winger Matt Read who has an “upper body injury” and also lost rookie Michael Raffl to a concussion during the game after a hit from Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. 

Despite the injuries plaguing the team, the game really showed how inconsistent the Flyers can be, especially during away games. The team will have to try to resolve this problem soon if they ever want to see the other side of the playoffs. They are also on the road for two more games starting with Saturday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Read is still questionable about if he will play, but if the rumors are true that he may be concussed from an earlier hit, he might not return to the ice for some time. Raffl has been key on the top line with Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and sometimes even Mark Streit. His absence on the ice will be a striking blow that the team will need to find a way to bounce back from.

This particular matchup is the second and last time that the Coyotes and Flyers will play each other. Philly will want to make it count, especially since they lost their last meeting. The team needs to find a way to outdo the Coyotes this time. The top line will be where they look for strength, but they may also look to Scott Hartnell for some added help. Hartnell has logged a point in the team’s last six games, so he should be stepping up his game in his other teammates’ absences.

As for their opponents, Keith Yandle is as strong as ever and Shane Doan will be returning to the lineup so the Flyers better be on their tails.

Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for Rant Sports. You can follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook or join her Google network.

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