Wayne Simmonds practiced on Wednesday, but Jakub Voracek did not. (USA Today Images)
Both Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek were at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday afternoon, but only one of them participated in practice.
Simmonds, who had been battling the flu since the Flyers’ trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., last week, took part in the full hour-long session. In fact, it was the second consecutive day the right winger was on the ice – he skated before Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils, too.
Coach Peter Laviolette said he looked like his old self, despite having lost a few pounds while fighting the illness.
“He looked great," coach Peter Laviolette said. “He was loose, he was popping around the ice, he had great snap on his stick and was jumping around on his skates, so he looked good to me.”
The Flyers have only two preseason games remaining before their Oct. 2 regular-season opener. Simmonds will, at a minimum, play in Thursday’s game against the Devils in Newark, N.J.
He’s ready to return.
“I’m fine,” Simmonds said. “Had a good practice yesterday before the game, too. I was good yesterday, just coming back off the flu. But I feel healthy, feel strong and ready to go.”
Voracek, however, is another story. The Flyers’ top-line right wing sustained an upper-body injury during the second period of Tuesday’s loss (see story), and didn’t practice Wednesday. According to general manager Paul Holmgren, the injury was "nothing serious," and Voracek is day to day. Voracek won't play in Thursday's game against the Devils.
He declined to speak to the media, but through Flyers’ PR, Voracek said he was “status quo.”
Walking around the hallway by the Flyers’ locker room on Wednesday, Voracek walked fine and didn’t appear to have any visible bandages.
“I saw him today,” Laviolette said. “He looked good. A smile on his face.”