The good news, the Philadelphia Flyers are practicing again. Since their Sunday afternoon contest against the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia has been sidelined due to Covid protocol. After a small hiccup on Monday, the Flyers returned to the ice Tuesday. Well, at least the one’s cleared to play.
General Manager Chuck Fletcher told members of the media that he expects eight more players to join practice tomorrow. However, that does not include any player currently on the Covid protocol list. Alain Vigneault even went as far as to say none of those individuals are available to play Thursday against the New York Rangers.
The plan, as of now, is for Thursday’s game to happen. Still, they will be without Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton, Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, and Justin Braun. Morgan Frost also inhabited the list but is expected to miss the season with a shoulder injury. Of course, the Flyers will have some rust to shake off after not playing a game in over a week. Unfortunately, Philadelphia will also have to take to the ice with some of its key pieces. Luckily, New York is far from a powerhouse during the early goings of this season. Either way, it will be an uphill battle for an understaffed Flyers team.
Obviously, if Philadelphia plays Thursday, one would assume they will also play Sunday afternoon in Lake Tahoe against the Boston Bruins. Even one would imagine more of the Flyers’ regulars will be available. Of course, it’s challenging to imagine them defeating a team they cannot seem to beat with everything thing else taking place. However, crazier occurrences have happened. At least Flyers hockey is back.
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