Is Matt Read Ready To Be Back In The Lineup Against The Buffalo Sabres?

By Deanna Vasso
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The Philadelphia Flyers take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight, and they will do it with Matt Read back in the lineup after missing six games with a concussion.

Read was questionable to be back in the Flyers’ lineup on Monday, but after traveling with the team to Buffalo and some evaluation, the team announced that he would be playing on the line with Vincent Lecavalier and Sean Couturier. Read was in the pre-game skate prior to the game’s start, which solidified that he was definitely in tonight’s game.

The question in the back of everyone’s mind is, is Read ready to be back on the ice? Flyers head coach Craig Berube claims that Read’s return will not be slow. He’ll be active on every part of the Flyers game — the power play, 5-on-5, and even the penalty kill. The Flyers were 3-3 in Read’s absence, so they definitely were missing him in the lineup.

While Read was sitting out with his concussion, he suffered a lot of vision issues, which is a really big problem for hockey players when it comes to these injuries. The rightwing said he would get foggy and pressure would build up in his head. Hearing that, and the fact that he is in tonight’s lineup, does not sound good. However, Read claims he has gotten better and is no longer feeling the vision issues.

Although Read says he’s okay, fans will have to decide for themselves when they see him play. Hockey players have this nasty habit of playing through injuries, so let’s hope Read is not doing that tonight.

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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