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Panthers limping into Flyers’ game

Jan 25, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers are dealing with more than their fair share of injury woes, but they certainly don’t have a monopoly on misfortune.

Philadelphia’s opponent on Saturday, the Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m. ET at the BB&T Center), might play minus their entire first line, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Tomas Fleischmann sustained a foot laceration that needed stitches on Thursday while Kris Versteeg (groin) and Stephen Weiss (lower body) are also questionable.

“We’re cautiously optimistic that they’re going to be short-term injuries,” Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said.

That’s in addition to the absence of forwards Sean Bergenheim (groin) and Marcel Goc (ankle), who have yet to play this season.

To help cope with those losses, Florida has called up 21-year-old forward Quinton Howden, who might make his NHL debut on Saturday. Under normal circumstances 23-year-old forward Scott Timmins would have also been a serious candidate to get promoted, but he is — you guessed it — injured.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere (wrist) might be available to return this week, but they will be without defenseman Andrej Meszaros (shoulder) for about a month.

  1. ct14flyers - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    The difference is that the Panthers are missing their three best players and have less talent. But both are heavily injured. The Flyers still have Giroux though.

  2. phillyphannn83 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Dude this isn’t even close. You can’t argue that Briere, Hartnell, and Pronger aren’t 3 of their top 4 players. Florida may be missing their 3 best players, but only Versteeg would even be in the Flyers top 5. If you were to rate these teams overall, the Flyers would normally be an 88-90 team but right now they’re about a 75-77 overall. Were hurtin right now. At any rate, this must be the most extensive injury report of any game thus far, and probably will be the longest of the season. This opponent is just what the Flyers need to keep pace.

  3. mp1131211 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    What is going on? This seems like a lot more injuries than usual. Short camps?

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:29 AM

      i feel like all their injuries have been flukes, no?

  4. barkar942 - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Perhaps these two teams should have a check-free game as to not lose anyone else for at least one game!

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