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Read to play tonight for Flyers?

Mar 7, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

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It was supposed to be six weeks before Flyers forward Matt Read could return to the lineup after suffering torn rib cage muscles.

Make that two weeks, apparently.

Read, 26, will reportedly play tonight when Philadelphia hosts its hated rival from Pittsburgh.


Read left the morning skate today with the other regulars who will play tonight while Mike Knuble took extra practice.

That would imply Read is playing just two weeks after the Flyers estimated he would need six weeks to recover from the injury suffered against the Penguins on Feb. 20 in Pittsburgh, when he was hit by Evgeni Malkin and then Chris Kunitz in the first period.

Read had seven goals and six assists in 18 games before getting hurt.

In other Flyers injury news, defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will also reportedly play tonight. The 28-year-old was forced to leave Tuesday’s game against the Rangers with a lower-body injury.

  1. ibieiniid - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    in regards to Grossmann: WHEW!

    that guy’s been everything for us on d this year. he’s had a few bad plays, but his shot blocking is ridiculous

  2. sportsfreak13 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Grossmans injury (lower body) is giong to be interesting to see how that plays out tonight. I dont doubt he is playing through some pain, and it will make it harder for him in regards to battles along the boards. Pens vs Flyers is always entertaining. Lets start nailing down the coffin on the flyers playoffs hopes tonight guys. LETS GO PENS!!!

  3. steelers88 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I just don’t have a good feeling about this game. I think the Flyers win this one.

  4. 5hole26 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    who is matt read? 11-13-1

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Hopefully this isn’t a rushed move. Will be nice to have him back though.

  6. mclovinhockey - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I think both grossman and read have been rushed. I hope I am wrong but I doubt I am.

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Great news, if it’s accurate. Flyers really need points. Wouldn’t be promising to lose to NY and Pittsburgh with Boston up next.

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