Backstrom back on the ice; Scott or Boogaard will play; Emery out for Flyers
- Blog Post by: Michael Russo
- February 6, 2010 - 1:46 PM
Good afternoon. Going to make this quick because I'm juggling a bunch of things.
Niklas Backstrom returned to practice during today's morning skate. He had a so-far undisclosed medical procedure Thursday and felt real good on the ice this morning with no symptoms, he said. He said his legs were mush, but that has to do with the fact it was his second time on the ice since beating Columbus two weeks ago today.
Backstrom said his back pain and what he thought was the flu -- headaches -- were related to the same thing. He took medication, didn't get better and doctors finally discovered what was ailing him. He underwent a procedure Thursday -- not surgery, he says, and after some bed rest is feeling good again.
Like I said though, he said to get the details from GM Chuck Fletcher, but thus far there's no update.
Backstrom said it was a mentally-draining week. Said coach Todd Richards, "When they run all kinds of tests and it’s tough to locate the problem it becomes a little worrisome. They’ve solved the problem, I believe, and it’s great to see him out on the ice. I think your mind starts to dominate a little bit and you always start to think worst case scenario and what’s going on. These guys are finely-tuned machines and when they sense something’s wrong, there’s usually something wrong. Usually trainers can pinpoint it right away. And then when they can’t, it can be bothersome."
Backstrom said he hopes to play Wednesday vs. Phoenix, but it's too soon to tell. Anton Khudobin will still start tonight with Wade Dubielewicz backing up. Backstrom said as long as everything continues to be symptom-free, he'll be fine to back up Finland's Miikka Kiprusoff at the Olympics.
With the Flyers having Danny Carcillo and a bunch of guys who love to "run around", including captain Mike Richards (see David Booth and flying elbow at Eric Belanger's head in the preseason), either John Scott or Derek Boogaard (one morning skate since reaggravating his hamstring injury) will play tonight.
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