Just when the Flyers needed it most, they are set to receive an emotional boost.
After missing 10 post season games with a brain injury, Flyers forward and emotional leader Ian Laperriere, is will be activated predicted to make his Eastern Conference Finals debut on Saturday in a crucial game 4 match up against the Montreal Canadiens. The Flyers lead the series 2-1.
The team has been especially tight-lipped about Laperriere’s return, keeping the usually talkative and open veteran from talking to the media after practice. The Flyers have yet to write anything in stone.
Laperriere, 36, practiced on a line with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe on Friday in Montreal. It marked the first time since suffering the brain contusion in game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils that Laperriere skated on a game-simulated line. If activated, Andreas Nodl would be the odd-man out.
The hard-hitting Montreal native, who racked up 11 hits in just five playoff games, is just what the doctor ordered for Philly, which lost game 3 by a lopsided 5-1 count.