Saturday, February 02, 2013

Simmonds out, Erskine decision to come

Philadelphia, PA --  As his teammates look to avoid the worst start to a season in franchise history, the  Philadelphia Flyers announced they will have to play without forward Wayne Simmonds for Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Wayne  will not  play in  tonight's game  because of  head and  neck injuries suffered  in last  nights game. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren prior to the contest.

Simmonds  left late in the first period of Friday's 3-2 loss in Washington and did  not return after  absorbing a hit to the head by Capitals defenseman John Erskine.

Erskine   was  not   penalized  on   the   play  and   faced  a   disciplinary hearing in New York Saturday afternoon.

"It's certainly disappointing, because we could use him in the lineup, because of his scoring, his physical presence, his roles in situations and the minutes he plays," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.

At 2-6-0 thus far, the hosts are one regulation loss away from setting a dubious record. The Orange and Black's previous slowest start was a 2-6-1 mark to begin the 2006-07 season, one which ended as the league's worst club.

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