It’s hard to imagine a worse start for the Philadelphia Flyers.
They lost their first three games. Defenseman Chris Proinger remained sidelined with severe post-concussion syndrome. Forward Daniel Briere wasn’t ready to start the season, due to a wrist surgery suffered playing overseas during the lockout.
Forward Brayden Schenn quickly earned a one-game NHL suspension for a questionable hit on Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. That sanction surprised Schenn.
"It seemed what it was called – no penalty on the play," he told CSN Philadelphia.
Then came news that power forward Scott Hartnell will be shelved indefinitely with a foot injury suffered when teammate Kimmo Timonen blasted him with a point shot.
“We will know more on this within a day or two as we await results of tests,” general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement.
Briere could return on the weekend and move onto the top line with center Claude Giroux. The Flyers may opt to keep rookie forward Scott Laughton past the five-game mark and commit to him for the season, thus burning one of his contract years.