Report From Philadelphia Flyers
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that center Claude Giroux suffered a lower-body injury at practice on Monday and will not play at New York against the Rangers on Wednesday and will most likely be out for Thursday’s game vs. Minnesota at the Wells Fargo Center.
“I can’t give a definitive timeline, but we don’t expect it will be a long time,” said Hextall on a conference call with reporters.
“He was examined last night [Monday] by our doctor and everything looked good at that time. Between last night and this morning he wasn’t feeling the same way so he talked to Jimmy [McCrossin] and further testing he just felt like he needs a little time off to get better.”
Giroux is second on the team with 21 points through 16 games, which is also tied for sixth in the NHL scoring race. He is averaging an assist per-game so far this season, which is second on the team and third overall in the NHL with 16 helpers.
Giroux’s presence on the power play will also be missed. He currently leads the team with nine of his 21 points coming on the man advantage, including all five of his goals this year coming on the power play – which is tied for the NHL lead.
“He’s been through the wringer now; his examinations are over,” added Hextall. “You always examine at some point to give a guy the green-light to get back to playing or practicing, but as of right now we have the diagnosis.”
The Flyers line-up will also have to make up for minutes with Giroux’s absence. The Flyers captain averages 21:26 per-game, which leads all forwards in the NHL. He also ranks second overall, behind Alex Ovechkin, in shots on goal (75).