The Philadelphia Flyers lost both Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier to injuries on October 11, and haven’t been able to win a game or score more than two goals in a contest since. While Lecavalier could return as early as Philadelphia’s next game on October 24, Hartnell’s three-to-four week timetable is still unchanged, according to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News.
While Hartnell’s return isn’t imminent, he will at least be back out on the ice for the first time in more than a week today. All forward motion is progress in this instance, and considering the nature of Hartnell’s injury, it’s good that he wasn’t kept off the ice for too long. Rink rust is a beast, and the Flyers can’t afford to get a shaky Hartnell back one he’s ready to return.
While losing a player of Hartnell’s caliber is never a positive thing, the player they called up to fill his roster spot is playing some outstanding hockey. After impressing in two games for the Adirondack Phantoms this season, Tye McGinn was given the call to the bigs and hasn’t disappointed.
After only two contests he was the leading goal scorer for the Flyers, and has posted three goals in three contests. While that partially speaks to how awful Philly has been offensively, it’s a positive thing to find a guy that’s capable of putting up some points in light of an injury to a player like Hartnell.