Flyers Updates, Emery Set For Early Return

The Philadelphia Flyers realize how bad they’re hangover game against the Ottawa Senators was. It’s obvious, they know you can’t play 20 minutes of a hockey game and get away with a win.

It was a 7-4 drubbing from the Sens including four goals by one Alexei Kovalev.

That game is now in the rear-view mirror and the focus is on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“We sat down this morning and just kind of talked amongst ourselves about what did happen last night,” explained defenseman Braydon Coburn.  “None of us really played the way that we usually play [Sunday]. I think when you have a bad game like that, the [best] thing to do is just to forget about it and move on. That’s what we’re going to try and do.”

“There’s nobody happy with the way we played (Sunday),” said coach Peter Laviolette. “The previous five games, we’re okay with; the way we played and the style we played, and the discipline with which we played them with.”

Flyers Updates:

Goaltender Ray Emery is looking to return much sooner than is expected return date. Emery had abdominal surgery on Dec. 9 and was originally slated to miss 6 weeks.

“Ray looks like his explosiveness is back,” said General Manager Paul Holmgren. ““He’s getting close. I think it would be a stretch to say he’d be ready for the next game (at home Wednesday vs. Toronto), but he’s getting close.

“He’s healed quicker than any of us anticipated. Because of the position he plays we thought it would be 6 weeks with the injury, but he’s coming along very nicely.”

The question now becomes, who goes? According to Holmgren they might carry all three goalies for the time being.

“There isn’t any reason why we can’t carry three goalies for a while, just to see how things go,” he said.

If Emery does indeed return early, it would only happen because Emery himself believes he is ready to return and help the team.

“I want to make sure that when I come back it’s going to be for good, and it’s the right time,” he said. “I don’t want to play three or four games and then find out that I kind of jumped the gun.

“It’s a combination of [getting back] as quickly as you can, but making sure that you’re ready.”

Back’in Out:

Defensemen Ryan Parent has been out of the lineup since he was a late scratch December 26th. Since then, the status of Parent has been up in the air at best.

Parent hasn’t skated since this past Saturday and didn’t make the trip to Ottawa on Sun. The club continued to say that Parent was still suffering from a lower-body injury and was still day-to-day.

A report came out in the Philadelphia Daily News that the 22-year-old was suffering from a herniated disc in his back which is a more serious injury than what the team had been disclosing.

When asked if the report was correct, Holmgren emphatically stated ‘NO’. He stood by his original words of ‘day-to-day’ and surgery was not an option. Parent is scheduled to meet with another doctor today.

Winter Classic Memory Returns:

Tomorrow when the Flyers host the Leafs they will be wearing their Winter Classic retro white jerseys. Should be a cool scene to see the Flyers in white at the Wachovia Center.

Quotes: CSNPhilly and Philadelphia Flyers

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