Michael Raffl likely to return Tuesday vs. Devils

Michael Raffl likely to return Tuesday vs. Devils
January 6, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Michael Raffl suffered a concussion against the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 2. (USA Today Images)

Michael Raffl looks like a go for Tuesday’s game against the Devils in Newark, N.J.

The Flyers’ winger missed most of last week’s game in Colorado after suffering a first-period concussion and did not play in Saturday’s Western road trip finale at Phoenix.

Raffl again took full practice with the Flyers Monday and seemed pretty good on his skates.

He said he continues to feel well and wants to play, but will need approval from the team doctors later in the day.

“I felt all right out there and I’m going to see the doctor today to see where I am at,” Raffl said. “I was working hard again and felt fine. I’d like to play tomorrow.”

He has not had any concussion symptoms since last Thursday. 

Raffl skated with the fourth line in practice.

Flyers coach Craig Berube sometimes works a player back into the lineup for a period or two before moving them to their usual line.

Steve Downie took Raffl’s place against the Coyotes and was there today at practice, as well.

“He’ll help for sure; he’s been a good player for us,” Berube said. “A big, strong guy who can skate. We’ll see how he feels and go from there.”

Raffl had two assists on the five-game western road trip.

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