After missing the last seven games, rookie winger Michael Raffl was told he would be back in the Flyers’ lineup Wednesday night against Tampa Bay.

“It’s never fun to sit and watch the game, so it’s going to be fun tonight,” Raffl said after the morning skate at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Raffl replaced Matt Read, who was sidelined by a lower-body injury that is not beleived to be serious. The Flyers list him as day to day.

Coach Craig Berube has wanted to play Raffl more, but he didn’t want to break up the team’s chemistry. The Flyers were 5-1-1 in the seven games Raffl missed.

“We won five or six games in a row, so it’s hard to make changes,” Raffl said.

“Sometimes, you just have to be patient,” Berube said.

Raffl, who will turn 25 on Sunday, had played in 11 games and collected just one assist before being sidelined because of the flu. He then missed six more games as a healthy scratch, giving him a seat in the press box.

“I tried to stay ready. Watch the game from up there, and try to learn as much as you can, and go hard in practice,” he said. “Eventually, you’re going to get a chance to go back in.”