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Jeff Carter won’t play as flu invades the Flyers’ locker room

Jeff Carter

Philadelphia Flyers’ Jeff Carter celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


When we discussed the reasons why the Philadelphia Flyers have been struggling, bigger picture issues like a lack of hunger, scoring and finishing ability were cited. Yet there’s one everyday issue that is plaguing the Flyers’ locker room: the sniffles.

OK, it’s actually the flu, but the sniffles sounds funnier.

Tim Panaccio writes that the flu problems began a few weeks ago when Mike Richards went down with it. Jeff Carter is currently one of its victims, as he already missed a game and is expected to miss today’s game against the New York Rangers, also according to Panaccio.

The Flyers have a deep well of talented forwards - even if they’re not producing much offense lately - so theoretically, Philly can bounce back from this problem. Still, losing Carter’s relentless shooting instincts will undoubtedly hurt.

(Oh, on a not-that-important note, the road Flyers will wear their typical home orange jerseys while the Rangers will wear white jerseys. Interesting, eh?)