Back spasms sideline Lecavalier vs. Wild

Back spasms sideline Lecavalier vs. Wild

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December 2, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Vinny Lecavalier leads the Flyers with nine goals. (USA Today Images)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Vinny Lecavalier will miss Monday’s game against the Wild with back spasms.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said that he was “hopeful” Lecavalier would be available Wednesday night in Detroit against the Red Wings.

Lecavalier suffered the injury in the third period of Saturday’s game against Nashville, yet played through it and actually scored the winning goal in the shootout. He leads the Flyers with nine goals. He has 14 points.

“I didn’t know if he would be out or not but he looks like he’s in a little bit of pain,” Scott Hartnell said. “Hopefully he can heal up quick. He’s a big part of our team. Every night he has been our best forward.

“It’s time for our line [with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek] to pick up the slack.”

Brayden Schenn will move to center on Lecavalier's line with Michael Raffl replacing Lecavalier. Wayne Simmonds remains at right wing.

“We’re losing a good centerman, but Brayden Schenn has played a lot of center," head coach Craig Berube said. "Good opportunity for him to slide in there. He’s played center his whole life. There’s some dynamic that could change on the power play.”

Mark Streit and Andrej Meszaros both will see action on the second-unit power play.

“I won’t alternate them -- Streit will be out there all the time,” Berube said. “Meszaros will get his looks, too. And we will have Reader (Matt Read) on the back end, too. Just depends on the game and what is going on at the time, the score and stuff.”

As expected, Ray Emery will be in goal for the Flyers, going up against Josh Harding.