Matt Read sidelined with lower-body injury

Matt Read sidelined with lower-body injury
November 27, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Matt Read has eight goals and 11 points in 23 games this season. (USA Today Images)

Updated: 9:35 p.m.

TAMPA, Fla. -- So as it turns out, Michael Raffl’s entry into the Flyers' lineup really wasn’t about changing things around after a bad loss in Florida.

It was actually about Matt Read.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced during warmups on Wednesday night that Read had sustained a lower-body injury against the Panthers and is listed as day-to-day.

Read said he blocked a shot in the loss to the Panthers and his skate boot doesn’t fit. He hopes to play in Black Friday’s morning matinee against Winnipeg.

“I just blocked a shot in the wrong spot,” he said. “My skate doesn’t fit properly right now. I’ll take a couple days off and hopefully, let that swelling go down. We’ll see.”

That’s no small loss for the Flyers given that the 27-year-old winger had four goals in his previous three games on a line with Sean Couturier and Steve Downie, a line that had been on fire. They had combined for five goals, eight assists for 13 points over the previous four games.

Read had eight goals and 11 points on the season.

“You want to play at 100 percent but if you can’t, you feel you can’t help the team so you let someone else healthy take your spot,” Read said. “I wish I were out there.”

Read was among four players who did not take part in the optional morning skate on Wednesday. He was riding the stationary bike, instead.

Raffl, who had been scratched the last seven games, returned to the lineup (see story) and took Read's place on the third line with Couturier and Downie.

Raffl last played on Nov. 9 in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He has one assist in 11 games this season.