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Zac Rinaldo Could Soon Return To Struggling Philadelphia Flyers Lineup

zac rinaldo is closer to returning to the philadelphia flyers lineup

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The Philadelphia Flyers have been taking a lot of penalties lately; in fact they are the league leaders in PIMS, but don’t blame it all on trouble-maker Zac Rinaldo. Rinaldo has been out for the last couple of weeks with an ankle injury, so he wasn’t on the ice to fight alongside teammate Scott Hartnell in their atrocious defeat by the hands of the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Although you know he definitely wishes he would have been.

On Monday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren updated Rinaldo’s injury status to day-to-day. The high ankle sprain that has left the Flyers’ tough guy off the ice for their last nine games is not going to have him out for the estimated six weeks. Seeing how poorly the team has played in the past week, Rinaldo must be itching to get his skates back onto the ice.

Although he is now expected to be day-to-day, that does not mean he will immediately go back in the lineup for the team. Being day-to-day could mean that Rinaldo would be sitting out for another week at least. The ankle sprain is going to be something the Flyers will have to monitor for the time being until he is ready to take it to the ice.

At this point, Rinaldo is not likely to return with the Flyers in their game against the Detroit Red Wings set to take place on Tuesday night from the Wells Fargo Center. Rinaldo still holds the team’s record of PIMS at the moment and has only two points thus far, so his return will not make or break this struggling team.

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