It was reported early this morning (because the Flyers are in Colorado) that Oskar Linboldm will miss tonight’s game against the Avalanche. The Flyers haven’t said what the timetable is, or what exactly the injury is. Hopefully he will be back before Saturdays game against the Wild. I am going to say this very carefully. There is still no timetable on when Travis Konecny or Nolan Patrick’s return to the lineup. With the addition of Michael Raffl being out, the Flyers depth needs to step up in a big way.
Andy Andreoff has been the Flyers go to guy when the Flyer’s have needed to plug up a whole in the lineup, but he is also battling injury. The Flyers look to AHL veteran David Kase, and Mikail Vorobyev to step up in the NHL lineup. Flashback to a year ago, Vorobyev scored his first goal against the Colorado Avalanche after a tragic defensive breakdown, leaving the puck perfectly for the rookie to get his first goal.
The Avalanche are not without their own setback, as the injury bug currently sweeps through their team. Rookie defensmen Cale Makar is out with an injury, as Ryan Graves becomes the +/- leader in the NHL. German goaltender Philipp Grubauer is also out with and injury, as it looks like KHL gem Pavel Francouz looks to get the start with Adam Werner backing him up. The Avs forward core, minus Colin Wilson, is fully healthy and ready to go tonight.
Puck drops tonight at 9:30.