The Philadelphia Flyers will square off against the Detroit Red Wings tonight for NBCSN’s “Rivalry Night” matchup, and for the second consecutive game they’ll be without the services of Vincent Lecavalier. He’s been on the shelf with back spasms and the forward didn’t take part in this morning’s skate prior to the Detroit game.
Flyers say Lecavalier did not skate on his own today. He did get treatment today for his back spasms, but likely ruled out tonight.
— Frank Seravalli (@DNFlyers) December 4, 2013
Philadelphia hasn’t had many consistent bright spots at forward this season, but Lecavalier has been exceptionally decent. He trails only Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn in team scoring and has been putting up points all along, instead of just recently. The veteran seems to be the key part of the Flyers attack, as the team struggles to score without him in the lineup.
For instance, they were shutout by the Minnesota Wild on Monday by a 2-0 final and only came up with 21 shots in that game. The Flyers took all of four shots against Josh Harding in the first period of that contest, and followed that effort up by taking six shots in the second.
They’ll try to take down the streaking Detroit Red Wings tonight, who will be without top-end forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.