The Philadelphia Flyers have reported that forward Scott Hartnell missed practice today, with what is being described as a case of pink eye, or conjunctivitis. The odd, child-like illness is a viral infection of the eye that takes 3-5 days to recover. No medicines are typically prescribed, as it is not serious.
Claude Giroux and Riley Cote also missed practice. Giroux’s absence has not be explained, but it shouldn’t be assumed it’s injury related. Cote is still battling a damaged finger, which he suffered against the Boston Bruins and aggravated in the first Toronto game.
The Flyers had their team picture taken today. They wore orange jerseys as shown here in Kevin Kurz’s On the Fly Twitter.
INJURY UPDATE: Giroux has been dealing with stomach pain for a number of days. He was getting checked out by the doctor today, for what seems like some sort of acid reflux problem.
The Flyers have announced that Danny Briere and Riley Cote will both be in the line up Thursday against the Washington Capitals. Briere, who has played just 12 games this season due to a chronic groin injury, will be inserted into the lineup for Andreas Nodl. Cote, who left Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres because of an upper body injury, will also be in the lineup after tests on his shoulder came back negative.
Meanwhile, Washington enforcer Donald Brashear is still questionable for Thursday with a knee sprain. Brashear left Tuesday’s contest against the Nashville Predators after getting KO’d by Wade Belak.
Flyers’ enforcer Riley Cote, left the ice in the second period of his team’s 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night, with what is reported as an upper body injury. He did not return to the game and the severity of the injury is unknown.
The Flyers return to action Thursday night against the Washington Capitals, who coincidentally also lost their enforcer, Donald Brashear, to an injury. Brashear was knocked out by Nashville Predators tough guy Wade Belak and did not return to the game. The injury is reported as a sprained knee, which is identical to what he was diagnosed with after his two fights with Cote, in a game against the Flyers earlier in the season. It seems the Capitals’ “sprained knee” is the equivalent of the Flyers’ “sinus infection.”