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Flyers’ Raffl suffers concussion against Avalanche

Jan 3, 2014, 1:54 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers will be without forward Michael Raffl for Saturday’s road game against the Phoenix Coyotes, after he suffered a concussion in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

As per Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia, the injury occurred in the first period, after Raffl took a hit along the boards from Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. Panaccio also wrote that the hit appeared to be legal.

“It’s fine, not a penalty,” said Flyers’ head coach Craig Berube, who also ruled Raffl out of Philadelphia’s next game.

“It’s kind of a tough play. [Raffl’s] head is against the glass already and the guy hit him. I don’t think it was a dirty hit at all.”

Raffl, 25, is in his first season with the Flyers and in the NHL. He has two goals and 11 points in 29 games.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Hope he is alright

  2. ibieiniid - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    it wasn’t a hard hit, but it was definitely a shot to the numbers while Raffl didn’t have the puck and Landeskog was actually looking AT the puck through the hit. i thought a 2-min penalty was the call to make there

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    If there’s a silver lining to this it’s that Matt Read is reportedly going to play Saturday, so maybe someone like Lecavalier will step up on the first line. Still, it’s a shame bc the kid was finding a groove as a key cog on the Flyers suddenly dangerous 1st line.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      it became dangerous as soon as they moved Hartnell off of it… as every Flyers fan has been saying they should. Giroux doesn’t need a protector with Coburn on the ice just about every top-line shift. I’m sure you know, Coburn rarely fights, but won’t shy away from fighting if he feels the need.

      lol here’s a (now) fun little nuglet. not that impressive of a win, but fun to watch since they’re teammates now:

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