When Claude Giroux was sidelined with a concussion, they had to prepare for the worst in Philadelphia -- many weeks or more without their leading scorer -- and hope for the best. They just might see their hopes realized.
While it’s not 100 percent certain, all signs point to the Flyers’ concussed center returning to the lineup Wednesday night against the Stars, a game that will air on VERSUS.
At least two teammates are pretty certain he will play, and Giroux himself has kept open the possibility, saying, if he takes warm-ups tomorrow, he’s in.
That would be more than welcome for the Flyers. Already down their top defenseman and captain Chris Pronger for the season, getting their top forward back as soon as possible would be a relief. That is, unless, he is rushed back too soon and risks worsening his situation. Although I'd like to doubt this as a possibility with so much awareness on concussions these days and the fact that it's only December, that will always be a concern.
Giroux has been out four games since taking Wayne Simmonds' knee to the back of his head in an open-ice accident. Despite that, he still remains tied for the league lead in points with 39. Basically, his absence evened the playing field in that regard with Evgeni Malkin, who has the same number of points in one less game played than Giroux.
The Flyers are 2-1-1 since Giroux left the lineup. With a loss in Dallas, they will have their first three-game skid of the season. While that might make for more compelling HBO television, it isn't necessarily welcome in the Philly locker room.