Flyers Lose Brayden Schenn to Suspension, Hartnell to InjuryBREAKING NEWS, Flyers, News, NHL Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers, following an 0-3 start to the 2013 NHL season, received two more pieces of unfortunate news in advance of Thursday’s tilt with the New York Rangers- Brayden Schenn has been suspended for one game while Scott Hartnell is out indefinitely with a left foot injury.
“Tuesday night in New Jersey, at 12:37 of the second period, Philadelphia forward Brayden Schenn came from a distance and launched up and into the head area of New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov. As the video shows, having come onto the ice on a line change, Schenn skates down the boards directly towards Volchenkov. Rather than deliver a legal body check, Schenn launches up off the ice prior to contact and into Volchenkov, making contact with Volchenkov’s head.”
The incident was not penalized during the game, and Volchenkov himself suggested this morning that it was just a hockey play, but the video of the incident provides fair conclusiveness to the league that it was an illegal check.
The announcement that Hartnell is out “indefinitely” is more troublesome. Hartnell has just one assist in the three games to date, but he was one of the few forwards that looked prepared for the season (in spite of being one of two who had not played during the lockout).
The organization announced that they will have a better understanding of the timetable for his return by Thursday, at which point they should have the results from tests conducted on the injured area.
There have been no announcements of player recalls at this point. If no Phantom or junior prospect is recalled, Tom Sestito and Jody Shelley will be in the line-up against the Rangers.
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