The Philadelphia Flyers are playing decent hockey right now, and have picked up points in 7 of their last 10 games. However, they will have to continue without Vinny Lecavalier for about the next four weeks. Lecavalier, who sat out the last three games with back spasms, has been diagnosed with a fracture in his back that will keep him sidelined for the near future.
As of right now, it does not look like Lecavalier will need surgery. His fracture is a non-displaced fracture located in his lower back, that will likely get better with rest. So it sounds like Lecavalier will be taking at least a two week break from skating in an attempt to heal the injury.
Lecavalier was placed on injured reserve on Monday morning. As a corresponding move, the Flyers recalled Tye McGinn from the Adirondack Phantoms. McGinn has showed flashes of brilliance this season and last, and has three goals in six games this season. He was sent down in early November when the Flyers were struggling.
As for Lecavalier, who has missed seven games already this season, still holds the team lead with 9 goals – shared with Matt Read – and is third on the team in points, with 14. He has had a major impact on the Flyers' offense since coming over from Tampa Bay in a trade this past offseason. His power play presence is something that has allowed the Flyers man-advantage unit to dig itself out of being one of the worst in the league earlier in the season. In the two losses with Lecavalier not in the lineup, the Flyers have scored just one goal.
The Flyers have lost two out of the last three games, all of which Lecavalier has missed. They're coming off a 5-1 drubbing by the Stars in Dallas this past Saturday, as they close out their six-game road trip with two games this week. Tonight, they'll skate in Ottawa with the Senators as the two teams meet for the third time this season. The Flyers carry a 13-14-2 record into tonight's game, and by losing two of their last three games, they have now dropped to sixth in the Metropolitan Division, behind the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.
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