Weal scored the game-tying goal in the third period, then beat Craig Anderson a second time in the shootout Tuesday, delivering a 3-2 win over the Senators. As the clock ticked down into the final six minutes with the Flyers down a goal, Anderson misplayed the puck behind his net and gave it up to Weal, who promptly buried it. The 24-year-old has been seeing his role increase in fits and starts; he played 15:49 in this one, which is plenty of time to generate fantasy-relevant offense. With eight points in 18 games this year, he's only useful in very deep formats right now, but Weal has been a prolific scorer in the minors, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him break out if he enjoys a consistent role next year.
Weal (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday night's game in New Jersey, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. Despite reports that he might not be ready to go, Weal will be thrust back into action following news that Nick Cousins (upper body) will not suit up Thursday. The 24-year-old missed just one game while injured and will likely return to his bottom-six role upon his return.
Weal (lower body) is still considered day-to-day, which effectively rules him out of Thursday's game against New Jersey, Tom Dougherty of CSN Philadelphia reports. Weal has only tallied four points in 11 games with the big club this season, so his absence will hurt the Flyers' depth at forward far more than it will adversely affect fantasy owners' lineups. He'll hope to overcome his lower-body ailment in time to return to the lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Hurricanes.
Weal is labeled day-to-day with an upper-body injury, effectively ruling him out for Wednesday's home tilt against the Penguins. Weal had been occupying a spot on the top line with Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, with four points and a plus-4 rating in 11 games representing his total on the season. His absence potentially opens the door for Nick Cousins to draw back into the lineup after serving as a healthy scratch against Columbus in the last game.
Weal shoveled home a Wayne Simmonds rebound in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Bruins. It was his third goal in the last six games. Weal thinks the game about three steps ahead of the average player and that means he's in the right place at the right time, every time. Playing with Claude Giroux and Simmonds will give him plenty of offensive opportunities.
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