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Matt Read (upper body) won’t play for Philly on Thursday

Jan 2, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers hope to keep their hot streak going on Thursday, but they’ll take on the Colorado Avalanche without important winger Matt Read.

The 27-year-old forward is out tonight with an upper-body injury. The team currently labels him as day-to-day.

Read continues to be an increasingly important part of the Flyers offense. He’s tied with Scott Hartnell for fifth in team scoring with 19 points in 39 games played and is logging 19:29 minutes per game this season, a significant increase from the 18:01 TOI he averaged in 2012-13.

The Flyers have won four games in a row and six of their last seven games while enjoying better health as of late. We’ll see if they can shake off this injury against a challenging Western Conference opponent.

  1. upper90cheese - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Concussed on a high hit from Brian McGratton on a high hit in the neutral zone

    • ibieiniid - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      what makes you think concussion? I don’t remember the hit. you aren’t referring to the one where Voracek got blasted in the neutral zone are you?

      keep in mind that I’ve been very drunk for the last 2 Flyers games. they WERE at 10PM EST (one on NYE), after all.

      • goodolejr - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        I didn’t see either (same illness as you…drunk) but I saw a few places reporting the same. Knowing how forthcoming the Flyers are with injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be a concussion.

      • upper90cheese - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Happened in the first period. McGrattan hit Read in the head with a shoulder/elbow. Read came up kind of lame and looked around. Skated maybe a shift after that. McGrattan and Westgarth were running around all night without Rosehill in the lineup.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    This is hugely disappointing… Read is one of those cogs who just makes things go. He’s so intelligent with and without the puck, kills penalties, and can play PP. I sincerely hope it’s nothing serious.

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