The hits just keep on coming. Just as Travis Konecny is ready to come back from injury — he skated in regular practice today! hooray! — we have news that Michael Raffl will be out for 6 to 8 weeks with an injury suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Raffl out 6-8 weeks— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) March 1, 2017
This puts Raffl out for the year, unless you somehow hold pipe dreams of the playoffs. (In which case he might miss an entire round, too.)
And if you do hold onto that playoff dreamin’, well ... losing Raffl hurts that goal. He’s not been the most productive player, but he’s a key play driver on the top line (or whatever other line Dave Hakstol decides to put him, for that matter) and he’s one of those under the radar guys who creates space for the team’s scorers.
We talk a lot about the Flyers lack of scoring, and while Raffl might not be picking up too many points of his own this season, he’s still been a key element in whatever minimal success the team has had this year.
Losing him hurts, especially if you think the team can make up ground and get into the playoffs.