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Flyers could be without Jagr, Voracek on Thursday

Mar 7, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers' Voracek congratulates teammate Jagr on his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh

The hits keep coming for the Flyers.

Today, Philly GM Paul Holmgren told reporters Jaromir Jagr “probably” won’t play on Thursday against Florida, as the 40-year-old is still smarting from a collision during a 3-2 win over Detroit.

Jagr was injured when Braydon Coburn knocked Wings forward Valtteri Filppula into his path — while No. 68 was able to avoid most of the force of the collision, he left the game midway through the second period and didn’t return.

In other injury news, Flyers forward Jakub Voracek is also questionable for Thursday after being on the receiving end of a fierce Niklas Kronwall hit. Voracek said he passed a concussion exam Tuesday but needed stitches for cuts around his mouth and is suffering from a stiff neck.

“I feel different, but I think anyone would feel different after that hit,” he told NHL.com. “Sometimes you can get slightly hit to the chin and be out a few months; sometimes you can get run over like I did and you can be back the next game. We’ll see.

“I don’t want to say I feel too good, because every day is different. Hopefully, I can get back as soon as possible.”

The Flyers are already without the services of Kimmo Timonen (back), Andrej Meszaros (lower body), James van Riemsdyk (foot) and Chris Pronger (concussion). If Voracek and/or Jagr can’t play, the Flyers will have to call up a forward from AHL Adirondack.

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    voracek got smoked. i havent seen a guy act like that after a hit in a while. he was on his back with his arms and legs in the air like a dog scratching his back on the floor.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      love it… though i wish it was giroux instead. listen to the philly announcer whining about a whistle.

      • lilgurgi - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

        They were asking where the whistle was because normally when someone gets their bell rung (aka head shot…whether or not it was intentional the head made contact) the referees will blow the play dead. Penalty or not, there was a player struggling to get up/know where he is.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        i know why they were whining for it but the injury was away from the ensuing play. if you start blowing the whistle right away, guys will start falling down hurt any time the opposing team gets a scoring chance. the hit was clean, it separated the man from the puck and created a scoring chance. the ref shouldnt negate a good scoring chance because a player is down away from the play.

  2. geo91 - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    That hit…. Was…… Huge. The guy’s gotta protect himself better on the ice, can’t have your head down

  3. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I think the Flyers won last night…3-2…not lost.

    Also, clean hit. Huge, but clean. his head is exposed because he’s pushing the puck up…job of the D there is to separate man from puck. Voracek can’t put himself in that situation if he wants to play long in this league.

  4. danphipps01 - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Mike, if you can’t even be assed to check the highlights before writing about a game, please, hand the article off to someone more diligent. They won that game. There are minor factual errors, and then there’s straight-up laziness and amateurism. This is a case of the latter.

  5. jagrbomb18 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Likes danphipps comment….also bill clement was calling for a whistle to blow play dead…since it looked like was out cold …he said right after that the hit was clean…

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