Vincent Lecavalier injury update
When Vincent Lecavalier went down with an injury against the Phoenix Coyotes on October 11, it was just another footnote to what is turning into a nightmare season for the Philadelphia Flyers. Scott Hartnell was also forced to leave that game, leaving a team that was already struggling to score goals without two of its top-six forward.
Tye McGinn has been a quiet revelation of sorts for Philly, who was called up to replace Hartnell in the lineup. The Flyers might get another much-needed shot in the arm later on this week from Lecavalier’s return. While there’s no exact timetable at this point, he will begin skating on his own today according to Philly.com.
The Philly.com report also states that he could be ready to return by Thursday. That is the next time that the Flyers play, and the team will have four days off to figure out how to fix an ailing offense. Coming into the season, it appeared that the defense could be an issue, but so far Steve Mason has been alarmingly outstanding in net.
The Flyers just haven’t been scoring enough goals. The are the second-worst offensive team in the league, trailing only the Buffalo Sabres in average goals-scored per game, according to NHL.com.
While Lecavalier won’t be able to turn around this team by himself, the Flyers are better with him in the lineup than they are with him in the press box.