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Scott Hartnell (broken foot) returns to Flyers lineup today

Feb 23, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

Scott Hartnell AP

Fans in Philly can start feeling a little better about the season today.

Coach Peter Laviolette announced that power forward Scott Hartnell would be back in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against Winnipeg. Hartnell has missed the last 16 games with a broken foot and his return comes at the perfect time.

Philly has seen its share of injuries up front with Matt Read missing time most recently while guys like Wayne Simmonds, Danny Briere, and Sean Couturier have all missed at least a little time. Hartnell will bring some added scoring touch on top of his physical play up front and give Claude Giroux someone more familiar to play on his left side.

In three games this year, Hartnell had one assist and 13 penalty minutes.

  1. greenkeeper15 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Yes time to get this thing going. Cant wait to get down there now.

  2. hy3rid28 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    no complaints here but what the hell happened to 7-10 days

  3. biffnasty - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    as a result of hartnells return. the filthy organization will be giving out free *soul glow* spray for those with a perm as well as a *soul* for all those gingers without one

    • ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Wow, that is great original stuff. You might want to post your contact information. I am sure HBO has a one hour special just waiting for someone with your comedic stylings written all over it. Keep ’em coming.

    • orangegesus - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Hartnell’s mom is a Daywalker, so he’s not pure Ginger – and hence, has a soul.

  4. ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I hope he just gets inserted into Read’s spot in the line up. Giroux could get some extra space out there. With the way Voracek has stepped up, this line could really work as it was expected to.

    • bobhpine - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      No tickets to the game today? I’m sure the Flyers appreciate the support from your couch, like always.

  5. greenkeeper15 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Hopefully your home team has a brain give away because you need one

    • biffnasty - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Good one. In an equally lame comeback *the jerk store called and they want you back*

      • ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        I am laughing my ass odd now. You keep getting better, it’s like Richard Pryor and George Carlin were both reincarnated into you.

      • ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM


  6. billymccloskey - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    so what’s the top lin gonna be? hartnell-giroux-varacek?

    • govtminion - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Sounds as likely as any I can think of.

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    This is a pleasant surprise. I’m assuming the Read injury accelerated that 7-10 day estimation. Gotta win this one boys.

  8. ironman721 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    That’s awesome. Hockey is better with him on the ice.

  9. murtdurt - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Won’t matter. This team has issues that run deeper then getting hartnall back

  10. mrpigs - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Did he due his hair?! It looks considerably less ginger!

  11. steelers88 - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Flyers will make the playoffs this year you have to be pretty bad in hockey not to make the playoffs. 53% of the teams in the NHL makes the playoffs.

  12. ml3939 - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I wish I had bobhpine loot, what a lucky guy. The box has been in a box. insult him. He will gladly give up his credentials.

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