Jaromir Jagr Injured: How Will Philadelphia Flyers Respond?

Jason Sapunka@moreSapunkaCorrespondent IIJanuary 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 1: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers  looks on during practice for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Flyers announced that Jaromir Jagr is out seven to 10 days with a "mild groin strain."

Jagr stopped playing in the Winter Classic early in the second period, though he remained on the bench.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette switched between using James van Riemsdyk and Jake Voracek to fill his position on the top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

The last time Jagr was out of the lineup, in late November, it was Voracek who took that spot. However, the use of van Riemsdyk in the Winter Classic with his old linemate Giroux seems to imply he could be the choice this time around.

Either Zac Rinaldo or Jody Shelley will be dressed and move into the lineup for the scratched Jagr.

Rinaldo has played 31 games this season, but he was scratched for the past two. There is no injury report, but the consecutive scratches raise questions about his health. If he's not ready, it will likely be Shelley who gets the nod.

Should the Flyers use van Riemsdyk on the top line, this is what the Philadelphia forward lines could look like until Jagr's return:

James van Riemsdyk Claude Giroux Scott Hartnell
Matt Read Danny Briere Wayne Simmonds
Max Talbot Brayden Schenn Jake Voracek
Jody Shelley (or Rinaldo)
Sean Couturier Harry Zolnierczyk

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UPDATE 1/4: Dave Isaac of Philly Sports Daily reported that the lineup will be as follows:

Scott Hartnell
Claude Giroux Matt Read
Max Talbot
Danny Briere Jake Voracek
James van Riemsdyk
Brayden Schenn Wayne Simmonds
Zac Rinaldo
Sean Couturier

Harry Zolnierczyk

 

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