Briere, Jagr and Rinaldo Injured against Devils
The injury bug continues to plague the Philadelphia Flyers.
Following their 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, it was reported by several sources that Daniel Briere, Jaromir Jagr and Zac Rinaldo have all sustain injuries ranging in severity.
It has been reported that Briere suffered a concussion.
There where at least two instances where Briere was hit, the more severe of which came from Anton Volchenkov in front of the New Jersey goal as well as an instance where Patrick Elias hit him in the face.
While it is still unclear as to how/when the injury occured, what is clear is that Briere will be missing some time. The team has him listed as out indefinitly.
Jagr played only three minutes before leaving the bench. It has been reported that his groin injury was reaggravated. He too will be out indefinitly.
Rinaldo left around the midway point of the game. He suffered an injury earlier this week during a Flyers practice and it's still unclear as to how his injury was sustained.
The team has him listed as day-to-day with an upperbody injury.
With Briere and Jagr definitively unable to go on Sunday against the Bruins, the team will have to call someone up from the Phantoms.
It also wouldn't be surprising to see the team call up a second member of the team just in case Rinaldo is unable to play.
The likely candidate has to be center Ben Holmstrom.
That would leave the team with Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Matt Read, Max Talbot and Holmstrom as possible centers.
Considering Tom Sestito has already played a few games with the team this year, he is a good bet to come up to fill Rinaldo's role.
What plays out now is a game of musical chairs. With The top two lines losing key members, it will be up to Laviolette to fill the spots at his disposal.
Read, Schenn and Couturier have all filled in on the first line this season.
If Holmstrom is called up, he will most likely take over as the fourth line center, which would probably be made up of Jody Shelley and Sestito.
Considering how well Couturier, Read and Wayne Simmonds have played together, it would be a shame to see them broken up.
What could happen is Talbot centers a line of Harry Zolnierczyk and Jakub Voracek.
Schenn then plays the wing for Giroux and Hartnell.
The lines would look as follows:
19- 28 - 10
24- 14- 17
29- 27- 93
45- 22- 32
All of this is speculative. The Checking Line will be sure to fill you in as the moves become announced.
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