Danny Briere missed the first four games of the shortened NHL season with a hairline fracture of his wrist. Saturday night, he returned to the lineup and the Flyers played their best game of the year so far.
Coincidence? Maybe, but Briere's presence is almost as valuable to the Flyers as any other's. Even though he's getting up there a little in age, he brings so much to the team and they clearly missed him early on.
With Briere back in the lineup and seemingly playing at 100 percent, the Flyers are a different beast. Here are five particular reasons the Flyers should be happy to have Briere back on the ice.