The Philadelphia Flyers (7-7-2) head to Madison Sqaure Garden tonight for a divisional game against the New York Rangers (7-7-4). This is the first of four meetings with the Broadway Blueshirts and first of two at the Garden. Game time is 8:00.
Welcome to Wednesday trivia. Hope everyone had a great week. With the Flyers Hall of Fame induction ceremony looming, today's questions will be about all of the member of the Flyers Hall. Before we get started, let's review the answers to last week's questions.
For a good portion of Tuesday, the status of captain Claude Giroux was up in the air. Craig Berube didn't know anything. R.J. Umberger played time on the top line while hoping Giroux was good enough to play.
Finally, after hours of speculation, Ron Hextall revealed the mildly bad news. Giroux would be out for Wednesday night's game against the Rangers and likely out for Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Wild.
The silver lining: Giroux should be back in days - as in Saturday's game against Columbus. But the scary thought is that the Flyers must survive back-to-back games not only without their captain, but one of the few players who has consistently registered points.
The Flyers will be without their captain for the next two games. Claude Giroux exited practice on Monday and seemed to be fine, but as the day wore on, it was clear he was dealing with an injury.
Giroux has a lower-body injury that Ron Hextall said would keep him off the ice for a short period. Giroux will miss Wednesday night's game against the Rangers and Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Wild. Hextall also said the injury was a matter of days, not weeks, hinting at a potential Saturday return for Giroux against Columbus.
Giroux was one of the hottest Flyers, with points in five straight games. He is second on the Flyers with 21 points - five goals, 16 assists - in his first 16 games.
In Giroux's place, the Flyers are without an extra forward. They have called up Scott Laughton, who will make his season debut on Wednesday. Blair Jones was loaned to the Phantoms to make room for Laughton.
Laughton had six goals and five assists in 13 games for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
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Shayne Gostisbehere's surgery went well and his recovery time is much quicker than expected. Rather than upwards of 6 months, Gostisbehere could be back on the ice in just 3 months, allowing him to return to the Phantoms for the stretch run.
Samuel Morin who broke his jaw earlier this year will return to his junior team to play in their game on the 22nd of November, this upcoming saturday.
Good news for the Flyers top two defensive prospects, lets hope this can rub off on the big club!
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms returned to the PPL Center in a winning fashion on Saturday night to the tune of a 3 to 2 victory over the Toronto Marlies. This game was interesting all the way through, ending with an insane 6-on-3 power play for the Marlies, but Lehigh Valley closed the door on all comers.
Scott Laughton continued his great season with a goal and an assist. Brandon Manning put up yet another power play goal, his 2nd in as many nights to give the Phantoms the lead late in the 3rd that they would hold on to.
Rob Zepp stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in another fantastic effort. Give some props to the Flyers international scout with Michael Raffl, Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare and Rob Zepp.
The Phantoms will return to action on Wednesday night as they continue their homestand against the Hershey Bears. They have another busy weekend ahead with home games on Friday and Saturday as well, against Worcester and St. John's respectively.
The Reading Royals beat the Kalamazoo Wings yet again on Saturday night, this time by a score of 3 to 1. This completed the 2-game sweep of the Wings, but it wasn't the only sweep of the weekend.
The Royals played again on Sunday to complete the 3-game weekend sweep, with wins on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This time against the Toledo Walleye 4 to 3 in a shootout.
The Royals hope to do it again this weekend as they play Elmira on Friday before coming home to face off against Indianapolis in a two game set.