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01-05-2009, 06:15 AM
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Some injury updates here, it's not pretty. Add Niitty to the wounded list.

The latest news concerns goalie Antero Niittymaki. According to Holmgren, Niittymaki suffered a groin injury in the shootout loss in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The injury was not disclosed right away and he did not leave the game, playing injured in the overtime and shootout.

But he is doubtful for tomorrow night in Washington and the team will not say anything more before today at the earliest. Scott Munroe will be called up from the Phantoms to take Niittymaki's place on the bench, but for how long no one knows.

"The fact that he stayed in the game, played the overtime and participated in the shootout should mean that it's not that serious," Holmgren said. "I just hope it's not his hip."

Rookie Claude Giroux likely will be out for Washington and maybe longer, depending on the severity of the concussion he suffered when Corey Perry elbowed him in the side of the head in Anaheim. The league suspended Perry for four games as a result of the blatant headshot.

Darroll Powe, with an unspecified lower body injury, played in Los Angeles, but did not feel good and will be re-evaluated. Scott Hartnell is playing with a broken, black and swollen big toe, and Timonen is playing with a chip fracture in his right ankle; both those injuries were sustained in Chicago.

Simon Gagne is still uncertain for Washington. He suffered a left shoulder injury in Vancouver and is day-to-day.

Another small report on Giroux... this one doesn't call it a concussion though...

Stevens liked the way his team battled even though regulars like Joffrey Lupul (lower-body injury), Simon Gagne and Arron Asham were sidelined. The Flyers also lost rookie right wing Claude Giroux to an upper-body injury (he's complaining of a sore jaw) courtesy of a Corey Perry elbow in the Anaheim game...

"Giroux's not doing great, he's just OK,'' Stevens said. "So he's doubtful for Tuesday. Same with Lupul. He's pretty sore, so I would say he's doubtful as well.''

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