Interim general manger Danny Briere has the backing of the Philadelphia Flyers’ players in a rebuild, and Colorado suffered a setback Monday as one of its key players was injured in an 8-4 win in Montreal.
Speaking of losing important players, Carolina announced Monday that high-scoring forward Andrei Svechnikov would be sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.
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Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers’ players are hoping Danny Briere becomes their full-time general manager. “He’s put in the work, and he’s the perfect guy for the job,” said veteran forward Scott Laughton, the team’s de facto captain. Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly Hockey Now: Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny continue to skate and do drills together as they rehab from injuries. Will they return this season? The Flyers aren’t sure. Philadelphia Flyers.
Colorado Hockey Now: Artturi Lehkonen, the Avs’ multi-purpose, second-line left winger, had two goals and nearly scored a hat trick before being injured in the second period against his former team, Montreal. He suffered a broken finger that will require surgery. The Avalanche didn’t give a timetable for his expected return, so it’s not known if he’ll be ready for the playoffs. He scored his 20th goal of the season and 100th of his career in the Avs’ easy win. Colorado Avalanche.
Carolina Hurricanes: The Canes will be without Andrei Svechnikov (23 goals) for a while. Carolina Hurricanes.
Vegas Hockey Now: The Golden Knights, who face the Flyers on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center, are 12-2-2 since the All-Star break and looking like Stanley Cup contenders. But do they have enough goaltending? Vegas Golden Knights.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pens have been up and down all season. Now they are up. They will take a 7-1-1 surge into Tuesday’s home game against Montreal. Is this team for real, or is it the one that has gone through 0-6-1 and 1-5-2 skids. Dave Molinaro checks in. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Washington Hockey Now: Defenseman John Carlsson continued to put in more reps at practice, a positive sign as he tries to come back from an injury. He has not played since taking a slapshot to the face on Dec. 23, and the Caps are hoping he can return later this month. Washington Capitals.
LA Hockey Now: The Kings’ power play, which has made great strides this season, has turned sour at the wrong time. Los Angeles Kings.