Van Riemsdyk scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Sabres. He'd gone six games without finding his way onto the scoresheet, but JVR was able to ride shotgun on a four-point afternoon from Claude Giroux to end his drought. The veteran winger missed most of October and the first half of November with a lower-body injury, and it's taken him some time to completely shake off the rust, but van Riemsdyk looks like he might be ready to start contributing.
Van Riemsdyk will face his former Maple Leafs team Saturday, marking his first appearance in Toronto since returning to the Flyers in late June, Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports. Van Riemsdyk reportedly has fond memories of his six seasons spent in Toronto, and the net-front scoring winger is anxious for the upcoming contest. "Certainly when the schedule comes out you take a peek at that and see that just because of everything, because of all the time there," he said. "I really loved my time there. It's something you're definitely looking forward to and, to be honest, I'm looking forward to getting past it to help with the moving on process." JVR has three points in four games since returning from a significant lower-body injury Nov. 15, though all of that offense came last Saturday in a home clash with the Lightning.
Van Riemsdyk scored a goal and two assists in Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Lightning. He got the Flyers on the board in the first period with a power-play tally, then helped set up two of their four third-period goals (including Travis Konecny's own power-play marker) as the team rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the final 10 minutes, only for the comeback to falter in OT. A lower-body injury has limited van Riemsdyk to only four games so far this season, but this performance suggests he's completely healthy now and ready to be a force for Philly with the man advantage.
Van Riemsdyk recorded 16:59 of ice time with two empty shots on goal in Thursday's 3-0 home loss to the Devils. Considering the veteran exceeded his career average for time on ice (16:38) and didn't experience a setback following a 16-game injury hiatus, this can be viewed as a successful return for van Riemsdyk. As the score indicates, the Flyers were unable to solve Devils netminder Keith Kinkaid -- they were blanked on 29 shots -- but the good news is that JVR is back in tow to help Philadelphia's forward groups.
Van Riemsdyk (lower body) will return against the Devils on Thursday, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports. Van Riemsdyk still needs to be activated from injured reserve, but such a move is imminent, and it'll be safe to plug him into fantasy lineups on this nine-game slate.
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