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Raffl (concussion) has ‘no problems at all’

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 17: Michael Raffl #12 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center on December 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Paul Bereswill

Michael Raffl sustained a concussion when he was hit into the boards by Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog during Thursday’s game, but the 25-year-old rookie was a full participant in the Flyers’ Saturday morning skate.

“I didn’t expect to feel this good,” Raffl told CSN Philly. “No problems at all. I think I’ll be fine.”

He’ll still miss Saturday’s contest for precautionary reasons, but he would like to play on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Philadelphia will also be without Matt Read for tonight’s match against the Phoenix Coyotes. Read attempted to practice today, but he left before its conclusion.

He’s dealing with an upper-body injury, although it’s believed that he was elbowed in the head during Philadelphia’s New Year’s Eve match against Calgary.

Read has 10 goals and 19 points in 39 games this season. He’s also been one of the team’s key players when they need to kill a penalty and is leading all Flyers forwards with an average of 19:29 minutes of ice time per contest.

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