Grossmann Injures Groin In Loss to Rangers
The Flyers aren't very deep defensively right now and they can't afford to see another go down.
Late in the first period, Nicklas Grossmann appeared to have a lower body injury and did not return for the remaining two periods. It was a huge blow for the Flyers, who were out-scored 3-0 in the final 41 minutes of their 4-2 loss to the Rangers.
“He’s been playing real well for us,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “To take a guy out of the lineup, puts stress on the back end. To lose someone like that is difficult.”
It was originally thought that Grossmann had a hip flexor. After the game, it was revealed that he had a groin injury and will be reevalluated today.
Grossmann sits on the top defensive unit along with Braydon Coburn. Losing Grossmann will be a huge blow for the Flyers who are already without Andrej Meszaros.
Grossmann's physical play in the corners and ability to block shots makes him one of the best defensive-minded blue liners in the league this season. He's thrown his body in front of 68 shots, tops in the NHL through 24 games.
The absense of Grossmann put a lot of strain on the remaining five Flyers defensemen, especially Coburn. Coburn played over 10 minutes in the second period, totalling a team-high 27:33 for the game, over four minutes more than the next defenseman.
“When you play five-D most of the game, it’s tremendous physical pressure,” netminder Ilya Bryzgalov said. “Our defense probably got exhausted. He’s a big man and he wins lots of battles around the boards.”
More will be known today on Grossmann's status.