Flyers Await Round Two Opponent, Laperriere Out Indefinitely
Let’s face it folks, with all the turmoil and player injuries surrounding this club, the Philadelphia Flyers should not be in the position they are right now, awaiting their second round opponent for the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Throughout the season the Flyers were decimated by long term injuries to the likes of Jeff Carter, Ray Emery, Michael Leighton, Simon Gagne, Daniel Briere and others.
Now, fresh off their round one series victory over the heavily favored New Jersey Devils, the Flyers will once again have to face some adversity as not only Carter and Gagne are expected to be out for the series, so to is Ian Laperriere, who has been diagnosed with a mild concussion as a result of taking a puck to the face in game five of round one.
Laperriere was a difference maker in round one, making opposing forwards lives miserable with his rugged play, while also getting in Devils goaltenders Martin Brodeur’s crease, which is always frustrating.
Laperriere is not expected back for up to four weeks, which means he will likely not be ready to return to the Flyers’ lineup until the Stanley Cup Finals (should the Orange and Black make it that far).
“Lappy”, as Laperriere is affectionately known by the fans, is one of Paul Holmgren’s go-to guys when it comes to checking opposing forwards and is also very valuable on the penalty kill. He will be missed and, in some ways, is irreplaceable.
The Montreal Canadiens will take on the Washington Capitals tonight at 7:00 PM in Washington to decide which team will face the Flyers in the second round.
After a shaky start to the series Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak has been red-hot, stopping everything that comes his way, earning the game six victory.
If momentum means anything at all in these playoffs you have to like the Canadiens chances. The Capitals have looked confused on then ice and have been unable to penetrate the Habs ultra-tough penalty kill which has held the Capitals to a minuscule 3.3 percent success rate on the power play.
That said, the Capitals will have home ice advantage this evening, something that may spark the suddenly listless Caps. One has to think if this game seven was in Montreal the Caps would be dead, as it stands, I’ll still take the Habs over the Caps, 3-1 final!
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