Giroux’s near miss, Staal heating up, Koivu too, bailing on Skinner and more…
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Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! That was a close one. Claude Giroux took a skate to the back of the leg and was cut in a very similar way to Erik Karlsson. He left the game and did not return, which had me assuming the worst. However Giroux spoke after the game saying that he is fine and is probable to play tonight.
So I can delay the Flyers eulogy for another day and let me tell you it wasn't looking good. We could have lost a whole team's worth of fantasy relevance if Giroux went down.
Now, the Flyers aren't actually that high scoring of a team if you look at the rankings where they sit 15th in goals per game. But that's a bit misleading as their 2.78 goals per game is closer to ninth (Vancouver, 2.86 goals/game) than 16th (Los Angeles, 2.69 goals/game). They also boast a lethal power play that ranks in the top 10. Giroux is at the center of all of that. They cannot lose him, though I do wonder how Jakub Voracek would have fared in his absence. I actually think he'd have performed better than you'd think.
The Flyers managed just one goal last night from Chris VandeVelde, assist to Vinny Lecavalier's statue!
Steve Mason has now lost five in a row but he hasn't played horribly in that stretch.
It looks like Jordan Staal sitting out on New Year's Eve was just a maintenance day as he was back out there against the Flyers. He was right back on a line with his brother Eric Staal and that duo is now 2/2 this season with Eric scoring a goal in each game with Jordan picking up an assist.