The Flyers have not had a game since Super Bowl Sunday, but today they returned to the ice to practice for the first time since.
Multiple Flyers players have been placed on the COVID list over the course of the last week. These include such players such as captain Claude Giroux, who is now expecting another child, as well as Oskar Lindblom. Obviously, this is a situation the team is taking very seriously. It is relieving to hear that no one’s case seems severe.
None of the players on the COVID list returned to practice today, and it seems that none will be ready to return by this Thursday. There is a game scheduled against the Rangers before this Sunday but would likely see a lot of taxi squad players getting some time. You could say that New York would basically be facing a Philadelphia B-team.
General Manager Chuck Fletcher seems hopeful enough, he speaks about the progress seen over the last few days:
As more players kept getting added to the COVID list, many fans local and national (including myself) were beginning to worry that the Lake Tahoe game is in real jeopardy. That matchup against the Boston Bruins is currently slated for this Sunday, which is less than a week away. It is an event that the NHL wants to go smoothly. Fletcher says that currently, the game is not in jeopardy according to what he has heard.
A big step in making sure that Philly plays this Sunday is that the team continues to be cautious, while at the same time having key pieces test negative so they can return in time. After cancelling practice yesterday, it is reassuring to see them back out there today.
Let us hope for more good news, I know I love a good outdoor Flyers game.