• To play in opener

    News: Michael Raffl will be ready to play in the Flyers' opener Thursday, reports Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
    Analysis: Michael Raffl seems to have confirmed what coach Dave Hakstol said -- that he's healthy and ready to play in the opener against Tampa. The Austrian produced 21 goals (34 points) in what was his second NHL season last year.
  • Should be ready for regular season

    News: Head coach Dave Hakstol told reporters Tuesday that Michael Raffl's undisclosed injury isn't serious, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
    Analysis: Hakstol also told reporters that he expects Michael Raffl to be ready for the Flyers' Oct. 8 regular season opener. The 26-year-old winger registered 28 points (21 goals, seven assists) in 67 games with Philadelphia last season, and will likely return to a top-six role with the team in 2015-16.
  • Goals Piling Up For Flyers' Raffl

    News: With a marker in Saturday's loss to the Sharks, Michael Raffl has scored a goal in three straight games and four of his last five contests.
    Analysis: Michael Raffl has certainly made the most of his opportunity to skate next to Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux, and figures to be deployed on the top line for the remainder of the season. With 20 goals in his 61 games, Raffl has more than doubled his total (nine) in the category from 2013-14.
  • Flyers' Raffl Bags Goal In Win

    News: Michael Raffl scored a shorthanded goal in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Devils.
    Analysis: Michael Raffl has been on an impressive scoring streak, picking up points (including three goals) in his last five games. The 26-year-old has also suffered through cold spells throughout the season, so he's at just 22 points -- matching last season's total -- in 52 games.
  • Flyers' Raffl: Goal, Assist In Win

    News: Michael Raffl scored his 14th goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.
    Analysis: Michael Raffl broke a six-game drought, one of many such pointless streaks he's endured this season. His inconsistency makes him a liability in all but the deepest leagues.
  • Flyers' Raffl Scores In First Game Back

    News: Michael Raffl picked up the game-winning goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Sabres.
    Analysis: It was Michael Raffl's first game since Jan. 20 as he had been dealing with a bout of pneumonia. His scoring is up from last year, but with a shooting percentage of 16.8 much of that could be accounted for by good puck luck.
  • Flyers' Raffl Will Play Sunday

    News: Michael Raffl (illness) will return to action Sunday against the Sabres, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports.
    Analysis: Michael Raffl has been sidelined with pneumonia since Jan. 27, missing seven games over that span. He'll likely return to his role as a second-line winger for the Flyers. Raffl has tallied 15 points through 40 games with the Flyers this season.
  • Flyers' Raffl Skates With Team Thursday

    News: Michael Raffl (illness) participated in Thursday's practice, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
    Analysis: Though he took part in line rushes with the Flyers during the session, Michael Raffl will not be a lineup option for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets, as the team wants to give him more time to recover from the bout with pneumonia. The Flyers initially projected Raffl to miss the entirety of their current four-game road swing, but if the winger continues to progress well in practices the next couple of days, he could be an option for the final game of the trip Sunday in Buffalo.
  • Flyers' Raffl Not Likely To Travel On Road Trip

    News: Michael Raffl (pneumonia) is not likely to travel with the Flyers for their four-game trip beginning Sunday in Washington and ending Feb. 15 in Buffalo, Randy Miller of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
    Analysis: With Michael Raffl having yet to resume practicing as the Flyers prepare to depart for Washington, it's likely he'll remain in Philadelphia to further recover from his bout with pneumonia. Since Raffl hasn't played in over seven days, the Flyers could elect to move him to injured reserve to free up a roster spot for a healthy forward during the road trip.
  • Flyers' Raffl Dealing With Pneumonia

    News: Michael Raffl has pneumonia in his left lung, and he will be kept off the ice for a few days.
    Analysis: The team refers to it as a "small bout" of pneumonia, but any lung issue makes it difficult to play hockey. Michael Raffl has already missed three games, and he will likely miss at least one or two more contests.