PHILADELPHIA – The Flyers were hoping for the best. Instead, they got the worst.
Just when it seemed the team was getting healthy and close to being at full force, Matt Read took a crunching hit from Penguins forward Chris Kunitz in the first period of yesterday’s game.
The result of that injury? Read has torn rib cage muscles.
He will be out of the lineup for six weeks.
It’s a significant blow for the Flyers as Read, 26, was the team’s top goal-scorer so far this season, leading the way with seven tallies.
He had 13 points and was playing well on the Flyers top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.
But now, he won’t be back until April and the Flyers will have to find ways to make up for his lost production.
It’s not just on that top line either as Read was a key component to the Flyers special teams, playing frequent roles on both the power play and the penalty kill.
For tonight’s game, Tye McGinn returns to the lineup and takes Read’s spot, but the loss of Read – the third Flyer who played on that top line this season to be beset with an injury – will leave coach Peter Laviolette to once again search for chemistry on his forward lines.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 03-07-2013 at 06:02 PM.
NHL Network said he left after a hit by Cooke or somebody. Looked like he got smushed into the boards in a way that it could be a broken collarbone, hopefully I'm wrong, or that wasn't the play he got hurt on.
Having Read back for tonight's game would be huge, as he would at least be rested. Hopefully Read, McGinn and (gulp) Foster will be in the line-up for fresh legs.
No thanks to Foster. Only one he should replace would be Gervais and he played under 12 minutes yesterday so he should be fine today. Plus Foster and fresh legs is an oxymoron. That dude is slower than molasses