Sometimes the hockey gods do have mercy. That appears to be the case for Vincent Lecavalier of the Philadelphia Flyers. After Philly initiated a line brawl with the Washington Capitals, they lost two-thirds of their acting top line as both Lecavalier and Steve Downie were forced to leave the game with injuries that occurred in the ensuing fights.
While Downie spent two nights in the hospital, it appears that Lecavalier avoided a serious injury to his face.
Vincent Lecavalier won’t play tonight but he’ll be in #flyers lineup Tuesday vs Hurricanes.
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) November 2, 2013
Considering that he has been one of the few players in Philadelphia that is capable of any sort of consistent production, the Flyers dodged a bullet on this one. Lecavalier took the worst of it after challenging the much smaller Steve Oleksy to a scrap. After having his lunch fed to him by the undersized defender, Lecavalier was forced to leave the game.
Philadelphia always considered him day-to-day with the injuries, but we’ve seen those types of issues hold players down for upwards of three or four weeks. Brent Burns has been day-to-day with the San Jose Sharks for several weeks now, and doesn’t appear close to returning.
All told, the news could be much worse for the Flyers on this front. They’ll get their leading scorer back without him having missed much time.