The visiting Philadelphia Flyers may be without Claude Giroux for more than just tonights game against the Capitals.
The Flyers center, who is leading the NHL with 39 points, has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Claude reported not feeling very good today, Holmgren said in a statement. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion.
Giroux was kneed in the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds in the second period of the Flyers 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night, their fifth straight win.
The news of Girouxs condition comes on the heels of the Flyers' putting Chris Pronger on the long-term injury list with a concussion.
So how will the two losses impact a team that leads the Eastern Conference with an 18-7-3 record?
All teams wonder what happens when things are bad and guys are missing, Flyers winger Jody Shelley said after Tuesdays morning skate at Verizon Center. We havent spent any time talking or thinking about it, as far as Pronger and now G.
Its a testament to our young energy, I guess. Its almost like an ignorance to it. Were in Washington for a game. We play one way and were going to do it again tonight. We dont sit here and look for a crutch.
Instead, the Flyers have looked to some pretty unrecognizable names to pull on the oars. Sean Couturier, who was taken eighth overall in the 2011 NHL draft, will replace Giroux tonight on a top line with Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr.
I think all of his game is underrated, Jagr said of Couturier. I can see hes a great player. When hes had a chance to play, hes a very good player. He gets a lot of scoring chances on penalty kills. Not many guys can do that.
Harry Zolnierczyk, a 24-year-old free agent signed by the Flyers out of Brown University, will be moved up to play on a second line with Danny Briere and Simmonds.
CAPITALS INJURY UPDATE
While the Flyers will be without Giroux and Pronger, the Capitals will be without Mike Green (groin strain) and Matt Hendricks (right knee sprain). Hendricks skated again on Tuesday and could be cleared to play by Thursday night in Winnipeg.
A Capitals spokesman said there was no change in Greens injury status, which is still being listed as day-to-day despite the fact he has not played since Nov. 11 and has not skated since Thursday.