Flyers Injury Update, Part 2

Okay, here is the skinney, directly from the coach’s mouth:

“Esche has flu like symptoms. Three or four of our guys had the same thing. He feels much better today, and pending practice, should be ready to go tomorrow.”

If Esche cannot go, Burke, of course, would get the start, and local fan favorite Antero Nittymaki would be the back up. It is very clear that Esche did NOT suffer any grade of concussion, per team docs.

“Vlad got his Bell rung, and I would consider him doubtful for tomorrow’s game. He is doing better today, but….”

If Malakhov is out, look for Kapanen to slide back into his “comfortable” role on D….. earlier reports of Malakhov stating he was “fine” have been confirmed, so he is not a sure scratch…..

This report was taken direct off the teams official site –

Looks like the neurologist, previously reported in the Inquirer, was for Malakhov, but may have taken a look at Esche for precauations…..

It appears Hitch was having a little fun after the game yesterday…… still no real word on Klee, although, Quinn has released an offical ruling of “Lower Body Injury.”

Good news for Philly, overall, but game 6 would be a tougher contest w/o Malakhov (arguably the best blue liner in this series, to date)- especially if Esche is still under the weather…..

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