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Good to go: Giroux to make preseason debut tonight

Sep 24, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that captain Claude Giroux will play his first game of the exhibition campaign tonight against New Jersey.

Giroux, 25, has been practicing with the Flyers for over a week, his first extended action since injuring finger tendons in a freak golf accident in late August.

The injury forced him to miss Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp and Philly’s first four preseason games.

While original estimates suggested Giroux would be out for 5-6 weeks, his recovery has been ahead of schedule and he’s repeatedly made mention of his desire to get back into action.

He’s spent the last while working on the strength of his shot — believed to be one of the areas most affected by the tendon injury — and looks ready to jump right back in the Philly lineup without hesitation.

According to various reports, the Flyers will skate Giroux on the top line with Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell tonight against the Devils.

  1. mcphillthy - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Welcome back G!! Stick to slaphots on the ice instead of on the green way from now on though! Glad you healed fast and well. Go flyers!!

  2. mcphillthy - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Voracek-Giroux-hartnell. I like the sound of that line up! We still have really good depth in our top 9. Hopefully our fossilized defense can last this season. I am comfortable with emery in net, even though he has a lot of doubters. It’s just our D that has me worried with the injuies and age

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