Good news on the Flyers’ medical front: Center Brayden Schenn, who was sent head-first into the boards after a vicious hit Tuesday, will play Thursday against visiting Columbus, and center Vinny Lecavalier had his best practice since injuring his back and said there was a “possibility” he could return for the six-game road trip that starts Dec. 28 in Edmonton. Schenn, 22, who was leveled into the boards by Washington’s Tom Wilson on Tuesday, said he had no limitations and was ready to play. “If I was limited or thinking I can’t do this or can’t do that, then I shouldn’t be playing,” he said. “It would just put me in a bad situation and everyone else in a bad situation. I feel good. I feel ready to go.” Saying he had “nothing more” than stiffness in his upper back and neck, Schenn said he was “fortunate and lucky” not to be seriously injured. Lecavalier, 33, said he felt “a lot stronger” on the ice than the previous day’s skating session and that it was his “best day so far, for sure.” He suffered a non-displaced fracture in his lower back during a win in Nashville on Nov. 30, and the spasms are decreasing each day, he said. On Wednesday, general manager Paul Holmgren said Lecavalier could miss two or three more weeks, but that it might be sooner. “Obviously, I’m hoping it’s sooner than that,” Lecavalier said. Asked if he might be ready for the post-Christmas road trip, Lecavalier said, “Yeah, it’s a possibility. But I don’t want to say any (definitive date). I want to see how it reacts today during the day and tomorrow. It was very encouraging today.” Lecavalier will likely play with a back brace when he returns.
Flyers' Brayden Schenn playing; Lecavalier making strides
Philly.com | Dec 19