Since the Super Bowl Sunday game against the Washington Capitals, the Philadelphia Flyers season has been knocked off the rails. With multiple players placed on the Covid protocol list, the team missed over a week of on-ice action. When they finally returned, more than a handful of key contributors remained sidelined. With the Lake Tahoe trip in the books, Philadelphia hopes normalcy is on the horizon. Tuesday’s practice provided a little glimpse of that with Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux returning to the ice.
According to those attending practice, Giroux practiced on a line with Kevin Hayes at center and Nolan Patrick at wing. He also took some man-advantage reps as a part of the second power-play unit. The line combination, including Giroux, Hayes, and Patrick, is very intriguing and could provide some serious firepower. If it does reach in-game action, it could be what Patrick needs to get things going this year. As for Giroux practicing with PP2, it is clear that Philadelphia wants to ease him back into things.
As for whether Giroux will play Wednesday night against the New York Rangers, that is still up in the air. Head Coach Alain Vigneault explained to the media that he would skate tomorrow, and then the team will determine whether he is ready to get back into game action. More likely than not, Claude Giroux will be in the lineup.
Of course, Giroux’s return only helps a Flyers team desperately needing their everyday roster players back on the ice. Both his skill and leadership place Philadelphia in a better position to defeat a Rangers team without Artemi Panarin. It also signals a small shift back to normalcy for the franchise, as they wait for others to rejoin the team throughout the week.
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Justin Braun will rejoin the Flyers Wednesday. The plan is for him to skate with the team. However, he will not play against the Rangers. Expect him to be ready for Saturday’s matchup against the Buffalo Sabres.
Vigneault also announced that Brian Elliott is the expected starter for tomorrow’s game. He explained that the team would wait until tomorrow to make it official, but that is the game plan thus far.
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