It was only the first practice of the season, but the Flyers liked what they saw from new linemates Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds.
Simmonds, who was one of Philly’s bright spots in an otherwise disappointing 2013 campaign, projects to open on the second line as Lecavalier’s winger, along with Brayden Schenn. It’s a nice fit for Lecavalier, a noted table-setter. Simmonds, who has scored at a 0.34 goals-per-game clip in each of the last two seasons, should be pushing for his first 30-goal campaign with Lecavalier in the middle.
Wayne Simmonds skating today for the #Flyers ... In orange. That's a good sign for a possible return tomorrow. #NHL
Simmonds wore a non-contact jersey in practice yesterday but has switched to a regular jersey today, which would indicate he is likely good to go for tomorrow. Monitor his status prior to game-time (1:00 P.M. EST)
Simmonds not expected to play until Saturday -- at the earliest. #Flyers
Simmonds has missed the Flyers last two games with a concussion and isn't expected to be back for the weekend. Tye McGinn has taken his spot on the Flyers top line.
Simmonds didn't skate with the Flyers at practice today.
Simmonds (concussion) sat out the Flyers last game and will not play Tuesday and seems doubtful for Thursday.
Simmonds is out.
Simmonds got hurt yesterday after getting elbowed in the face by Capitals D-man John Erskine. No word on how long he will be out but he won't play tonight. Make sure to get him out of your lineup.
Simmonds will be re-evaluated today. Sounds iffy for tonight vs. Hurricanes
Simmonds took an elbow to the head and was bleeding from the nose yesterday vs. the Capitals. He did not return to the game and sounds like he may not play in today's contest.
Big cheers as Simmonds steps back on the ice.
Simmonds returned to the ice with a visor and fresh jersey. The big man just scored his 26th goal of the season, with his face.
Simmonds was back on bench for 5 secs, and now just went back to locker room.
Simmonds may be hurt after a puck hit him in the face. Check back for a further update on the Flyers' power forward.
Lines from practice: 19-28-17
Simmonds moves up to the top line. The big winger is enjoying a career season with 21 goals and 37 points through 58 games.
Source: Dave Isaac 02/20/12, 6:28 am EST
Here's your lines Flyers fans: 21-10-17
Simmonds moves down to the third line with Jagr and Briere both healthy. He already broke a career high with 20 goals.
Source: John Boruk 02/18/12, 7:06 am EST
No Wayne Simmonds on the bench for the #Flyers. He took a puck to the face in warmups.
Doesn't sound like Simmonds will play tonight due to the unexpected injury. The big right wing has 18 goals and 34 points in his first 56 games with the Flyers.
Source: Dave Isaac 02/16/12, 2:17 pm EST
Flyers lines: Schenn-Briere-Simmonds
Simmonds moves up to the second line. He has 17 goals and 31 points through 52 games.
Simmonds moves back up to the second line. In his first season with the Flyers, the power forward has scored four goals and eight points with 40 PIM through 23 games.