March 30, 2015
Following today's Flyers practice at Skate Zone in Voorhees, Ron Hextall provided reporters with a quick medical update on a couple of his defensemen:
“Luke Schenn is unlikely to play the rest of the season. We will give final medical information when we have it in full. Mark Streit is at home with his ill relative. He will be back tonight.”
Schenn had missed the previous three games with one of those ultra-specific "lower-body injuries." The Flyers, who became *officially* eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend, were decimated with injuries over the past few days to the point they're completely in scramble mode and just trying to make it to the finish line.
Wayne Simmonds, out four weeks after being struck in the leg by a Streit shot posting up in front of the net on the power play, and Andrew MacDonald, who will miss six weeks after getting struck by a puck in the hand, were both injured late in last Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Brandon Manning, who logged a career-high 25:07 of ice time in Saturday's shootout loss to the Sharks primarily because Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo also both missed the game, will likely fill in for MacDonald and Schenn for the season's final six games.
For Flyers fans, there aren't many positive storylines to root for until April 18th's draft lottery with maybe the possible exception Jake Voracek's run at winning the league's scoring title. The end is near, and after such a lackluster season, that mostly comes as a relief.