Flyers Injury Update: Raffl improving; Read out

Flyers Injury Update: Raffl improving; Read out
January 4, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Michael Raffl (concussion) and Matt Read (upper body) will not play Saturday against Phoenix. (USA Today Images)

GLENDALE, Arizona -- Michael Raffl said he felt like he was boxer.

“Knocked out,” said the Flyers forward, talking about the concussion he suffered in Thursday’s 2-1 loss at Denver.

Raffl has never had a concussion in his life. Though the 25-year-old Austrian won’t play Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes -- for precautionary reasons -- he says he feels good and has no headaches.

Matt Read (upper-body injury) also will not play as the Flyers wrap up a nine-day, five-game Western road trip.

Raffl went through a complete morning skate workout with the team without incident, including sprints at the end. He hopes to play Tuesday night in New Jersey.

“I didn’t expect to feel this good,” Raffl said. “No problems at all. I think I’ll be fine.”

He was injured during a clean board check from the Avs’ Gabriel Landeskog during Thursday’s first period, left the ice and never returned.

“The puck came around the boards and I just tried to poke it back, a reverse play,” Raffl recalled. “I just remember coming up from the ground. I saw the video.

“It wasn’t a dirty play at all. I hit the boards with my face and went down. Like a boxer getting knocked out, I think. I felt dizzy there … knocked out.

“It was the first time I felt that way -- knocked out. It’s good that I don’t have a headache or anything like that. I felt good on the ice. I felt kinda weird after the game. Since [Friday] everything is fine.”

Read began Saturday’s practice with the team, but then went off the ice and would not talk to reporters.

He was reportedly elbowed in the head during the Calgary win earlier in the road trip.

Like Raffl, he remains day to day.