The 5-1 rout against the Ottawa Senators on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center, wasn’t without casualty for the red-hot Flyers.
After missing a hit in second period of the then close contest, Flyers’ forward Dan Carcillo dropped to all fours. He was helped off the ice and didn’t return to the game. The team officially called it a lower body injury, with GM Paul Holmgren saying the truculent fourth-liner would miss two weeks with a sprained MCL.
No call ups are expected. However, with James van Riemsdyk filling in for injured Andreas Nodl (toe), the Flyers may have to play down a forward when the team faces the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. There is no word yet on if Nodl will dress.
Carcillo has two points and 39 penalty minutes in 14 games this season.
Amid offensive inconsistency the past two games, in which the Flyers have only scored a total of four goals, coach John Stevens has mixed up the lines once again in an attempt to capture some depth production.
“It’s more because of lack of production,” said Stevens. “We had a three lines before that could all score and a fourth that could chip in and we liked the feel of it better.”
With rookie forward James van Riemsdyk on the shelf with concussion symptoms for the past week, coach John Stevens made the decision to stick creative winger Claude Giroux on the team’s top line centered by Mike Richards. The idea was to not only spark Giroux’s production but to get struggling Simon Gagne more scoring chances in hopes that he would break out of his post groin injury slump (three assists in five games).
The unconfirmed belief was that Giroux would return to centering the third line once JVR returned, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Whispers of an expected concussion diagnosis swarmed around Flyers’ rookie James van Riemsdyk on Wednesday, after he was forced to leave Tuesday’s contest against the Washington Capitals due to having his “bell rung” and not feeling well enough to return.
However, JVR has passed all baseline concussion tests and is cleared to play. But despite the clean bill of health it is still unknown whether he will be activated for Thursday’s match up against the Pittsburgh Penguins. If he isn’t in the lineup, Arron Asham will replace him next to Claude Giroux and Darroll Powe.
Update: JVR is NOT expected to be in the line up versus the Penguins.
“I feel a lot better today so that’s a good sign,” said JVR. “No symptoms no headaches, everything looks pretty good so far. I’m going to go to the rink tomorrow and see how I feel.”
The Flyers should be smart with this all-to-familiar scenario and hold JVR out until the team heads to Florida to face the Panthers on Oct. 16. After Saturday’s game against Anaheim at home on the 10th, the Flyers don’t play for six days. That break should help resolve any lingering issues with JVR’s valuable hockey brain.
The Flyers earned a Pyrrhic victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, winning the game 5-4 in OT but losing forwards Blair Betts and James van Riemsdyk to injuries.
Betts separated his shoulder in the third period and was said by general manager Paul Holmgren to miss at least four weeks.
JVR got his “bell rung” in the second period according to Holmgren. So sticking with their reputation of having players with severe brain problems, the Flyers sent him back to play in the third period. JVR said he didn’t feel right and left the game for good in the third. According to the Flyers, he will be reevaluated on Wednesday.
Barring a major line shake up, Ian Laperriere will take over for Betts as fourth-line center. The Flyers will activate Arron Asham and Riley Cote from the inactive list with Asham replacing JVR as third-line winger.
For much of the preseason, the major roster question was who general manager Paul Holmgren was going to decide to keep with the big club — James van Riemsdyk, Mika Pyorala or Blair Betts. But according to Holmgren, the Flyers want all three.
“If we were submitting rosters tomorrow, yeah, (Pyorala, JVR and Betts) would probably would be on it,” said Holmgren.
General manager Paul Holmgren told the media that he expects to make a decision on the fate of Blair Betts sometime after Saturday’s preseason game in New Jersey. He also mentioned that the status of James van Riemsdyk and Mika Pyorala will be decided later in the week, possibly after the final preseason game versus the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Sept. 29.