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McGinn to replace Read in lineup as leading goal scorer out with muscle tear
Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 6:30 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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PHILADELPHIA – The Flyers were hoping for the best. Instead, they got the worst.

Just when it seemed the team was getting healthy and close to being at full force, Matt Read took a crunching hit from Penguins forward Chris Kunitz in the first period of yesterday’s game.

The result of that injury? Read has torn rib cage muscles.

He will be out of the lineup for six weeks.

It’s a significant blow for the Flyers as Read, 26, was the team’s top goal-scorer so far this season, leading the way with seven tallies.

He had 13 points and was playing well on the Flyers top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.

But now, he won’t be back until April and the Flyers will have to find ways to make up for his lost production.

It’s not just on that top line either as Read was a key component to the Flyers special teams, playing frequent roles on both the power play and the penalty kill.

For tonight’s game, Tye McGinn returns to the lineup and takes Read’s spot, but the loss of Read – the third Flyer who played on that top line this season to be beset with an injury – will leave coach Peter Laviolette to once again search for chemistry on his forward lines.

In other news – which is positive news for the Flyers - it looks like Scott Hartnell’s return may have been bumped up a few days.

According to General Manager Paul Holmgren Hartnell’s fractured left foot is improving even faster and had his timetable for a return trimmed from 7-to-10 days down to 5-7.

That means he could be back in the lineup as soon as Monday against Toronto.

As for Andrej Meszaros, he saw the doctor this afternoon and was cleared to take part in limited practice with the team but he is still a week-to-10 days away from returning to the lineup from his sprained left shoulder.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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