Leighton Out a Month, Lappy Still Suffering From Post-Concussion Symptoms

Leighton Out a Month, Lappy Still Suffering From Post-Concussion Symptoms

In a conference call this afternoon, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that goalie Michael Leighton has a bulging disc in his lower back, and it will likely keep him out of action for about a month. Ian Laperriere, who suffered dramatic facial lacerations and a brain injury in last season's playoffs, is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms. Not exactly what we'd consider encouraging news with the 2010-2011 season nearing.

Leighton's disc is not believed to be herniated or to require surgery, but the condition is uncomfortable and a little unpredictable for anyone, much less an NHL goalie. Leights will continue in a strengthening and rehab program, and just give the disc time to heal. Lappy's symptoms are alarming, and he admitted to Homer that he hadn't been completely honest about them earlier in the summer. Given the severity of the injury this past spring and the fact that the symptoms are still lingering, there's reason to be concerned, and no option but to have the player shut down.

An amazing part of the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals was their ability to weather a series of significant injuries to key contributors, both all season and throughout the playoffs. So far, it looks like another run will have to involve a similar resiliency and ability to count on depth. Brian Boucher was a tremendous asset with Leighton unable to start the playoffs, until he himself was injured and Leighton had to resume his role. Behind Boosh on the depth chart, Johan Backlund is recovering from a hip surgery, but Homer indicated his process is going well, and that the team hopes to have Backlund see some preseason action. Sergei Bobrovsky has had as much attention as any Flyer in his first action with the team, but he must still get acclimated to the North American game. Still, his progress is encouraging, and after seeing seven different goalie dress for the Flyers last season, we'll take any encouragement we can get between the pipes.

The Flyers are also very deep in their forward lines, with new faces joining the club this off-season and Bill Guerin looking increasingly likely to make the team. More as we hear it.

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Flyers' fast start fuels win vs. Devils

Flyers' fast start fuels win vs. Devils

BOX SCORE

The Flyers had no problem getting up for a Saturday afternoon puck drop.
 
They jumped all over the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center, doing all their damage in the first period en route to a 3-1 victory.
 
Travis Konecny, Valtteri Filppula and Ivan Provorov lit the lamp in the opening frame for a team that has often fought lackluster starts.
 
That was far from the case on Saturday as the Flyers (22-16-8) have now won six of their last seven games. Over that span, they've outscored the opposition 28-19.
 
With the victory, they improved to 4-2-4 against the Metropolitan Division. Plenty more to come.
 
The Devils (24-13-8) entered in second place of the Metro but have had trouble against the orange and black thus far. The Flyers are 2-0-0 against New Jersey with two more games remaining in the regular-season series. It's a bit ironic the Flyers went 1-3-0 against a Devils team last season not nearly as strong, one that finished 28-40-14 with 70 points.
 
Hockey can be a weird game, huh?
 
Let's get into some observations:
 
• Shayne Gostisbehere can be so elusive with puck, which, from a defenseman, is such a luxury for the Flyers. He exhibited that elusiveness early to jump-start the Flyers' first-period ignition. Gostisbehere took the puck from his own blue line and weaved through some Devils before finding a wide-open Konecny in the circle for a 1-0 lead at 3:29 of the opening frame.
 
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• Speaking of Konecny, the goal was his eighth point in the last 10 games. In his previous 25 games, Konecny had four points. The 20-year-old is showing what he can do when playing in a prominent role: the first line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. Who could have known putting a talented kid with talented players would yield positive results?
 
• The Flyers really got after it with a much-needed fast start. Prior to then, we hadn't seen many of those through 45 games. The Flyers entered Saturday in a four-way tie for fewest leads after the first period with eight, going 6-0-2 in those contests. They had themselves a healthy 3-0 advantage at first intermission on Saturday behind a superb opening 20 minutes. The Devils had to pull starting goalie Keith Kinkaid, who was shaken up after surrendering the third marker.
 
• Filppula and Provorov scored the Flyers' other two first-period tallies. Michael Raffl got his stick on a bouncing pass to set up Filppula in front for his 10th of the season, his first double-digit-goal campaign since 2014-15. Meanwhile, Raffl quietly has 15 points in his last 25 games.
 
"We haven't been starting games how we would like," Filppula said at first intermission. "Today was a good start and it is obviously nice to get rewarded."
 
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Provorov displayed some great resolve in front to finally finish off his goal.
 
https://twitter.com/NBCSPhilly/status/954782858916196352
 
The second-year blueliner also made a superb outlet pass in the second period that covered about three-quarters of the ice. Konecny was the beneficiary but misfired on the shot. Still, Provorov's play had fans ooh-ahhing.
 
• Raffl is as laid back and jovial of a player you'll see on the Flyers' roster. He's not a fighter, but give him credit for always dropping the gloves whenever the opportunity calls for it. Devils defenseman John Moore called for it this time after Raffl inadvertently tripped Kinkaid. Raffl hung in there following a few early blows.
 
https://twitter.com/NBCSPhilly/status/954786326313713664
 
• The Flyers were bit undisciplined in the second period (two penalties) and missed a few opportunities offensively, but fortunately for them, it wasn't too costly thanks to such a positive first period. The Flyers permitted a power-play goal during the middle stanza and went 0 for 4 on the man advantage for the game. It didn't matter.
 
• Michal Neuvirth made a second consecutive start and was strong again, making 28 saves on 29 shots. In limited duty, he's 5-5-1 on the season and came in with a 2.35 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Solid stuff from Neuvirth.
 
• With Cory Schneider sick and Kinkaid's exit, emergency netminder Ken Appleby was forced into action and held his own. He stopped all 24 shots he faced in his NHL debut.
 
• It was the second NHL meeting between 2017 top-two picks Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick. Hischier finished with no points for the Devils in 17:04 of ice time, while Patrick played 11:37 and went scoreless.
 
• Rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim was scratched for the eighth time in the last nine games, while forward Taylor Leier sat for a second straight game in favor of Tyrell Goulbourne.
 
• Eagles defensive back Corey Graham was in the house. Sounds like Philly is ready for 6:40 p.m. Sunday.
 
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• Things don't get easier for the Flyers, who are right back at it Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. puck drop in Washington D.C. against the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals on NBC.