Injuries have suddenly struck the Flyers hard.
On Tuesday morning, it was announced that goaltender Michael Leighton will miss a month with a bulging disc in his back and forward Ian Laperriere will be out indefinitely with post-concussion syndrome.
The whispers of the re-worked Flyers lineup have finally been confirmed — forward Dan Carcillo will enter the lineup for James Van Riemsdyk and defenseman Oskars Bartulis will play for Ryan Parent. Michael Leighton will start in goal.
“You battle all year with these guys and you want to be in at this time of year,”Carcillo told the media on Monday. “It was hard sitting out those three games. I’ve got a lot of pent-up energy you’ll probably see released tonight.”
It has been confirmed that Chicago forward Andrew Ladd will miss game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to an upper body injury suffered at the end of the Wester Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.
“Laddy is not playing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the media. “We do expect him to play (in the series). He’s progressing well but Kopy (Tomas Kopecky) is in tonight.”
After much speculation from the media and denial from general manager Paul Holmgren, it is official: Flyers forwards Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter will both be activated for the Eastern Conference Finals game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens today at the Bell Center. The Flyers lead the series 2-1.
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.
As reported by Habsinsideout.com, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ryan O’Byrne has been inserted into the line up for game 3 tonight at the Bell Center.
O’Byrne, 25, enters the active roster with the mission of using his 6-foot-6, 230 lbs. frame to counter the Flyers’ crease presence, especially on the power play, which has been responsible for most of Philadelphia’s nine goals in the series.
“I think I can add a lot to this series and I’m going take advantage of this opportunity and run with it,” O’Byrne told the media.
According to CSNPhilly.com, Flyers’ forward Ian Laperriere was back on the ice during Sunday’s morning skate. It marks the first time he has skated with the team since suffering a concussion and brain contusion in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils.
“It felt good,” Laperriere told Sarah Baicker. “I feel fine.”
Overcoming the loss of Simon Gagne’s defensive swagger, Jeff Carter’s team-leading scoring streaks and Ian Laperriere’s effort, won’t be easy when the Flyers take on the sixth-seed Boston Bruins in a second-round match up set to begin on Saturday in Bean Town.
But with some line changes and the insertion of certain black aces, the Flyers can only hope to manage the drop off as best they can.
When Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement that forward Ian Laperriere was expected to be in the lineup when the Flyers began the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a sigh of relief came sweeping over the city of Philadelphia.
But an old enemy has emerged.
Chris Pronger made his presence felt in a big way during his first season with the Flyers — and the team awarded him accordingly. The 16-year veteran took home the Bobby Clarke Award as the Flyers’ most valuable player. He also snagged the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s top defensemen.
Pronger is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career by tallying 10 goals and 45 assists in 81 games. He also leads the team in plus/minus with a plus-22 rating.