Monday, January 27, 2014

Hartnell fine, Rinaldo close to return; Pair of Wings won't play tomorrow

Though Scott Hartnell had recently taken to wearing a walking boot to protect his left foot following games, there's nothing to worry about.

Several outlets reported that Hartnell had a CT scan which revealed no damage to the foot, which was struck by a shot way back on January 14 against Buffalo.

And those magical healing powers in Flyerdom have struck again. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren reported that Zac Rinaldo, who was originally slated to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain earlier in the month, is closer than that to returning to action. He is officially listed as day-to-day.

Rinaldo participated fully in Sunday's practice session before the Flyers Wives Carnival later in the day.

Philadelphia will dodge two bullets in its home contest against the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night. Veteran forwards Henrik Zetterberg (sore back) and Pavel Datsyuk (upper-body injury) will miss the key conference matchup, as they both did when the Orange and Black came into Detroit and won 6-3 on December 4.

However, starting goaltender Jimmy Howard will return after recovering from a week-long absence due to a left-knee issue.

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