The Philadelphia Flyers may be without their top point and goal scorer, star center Vincent Lecavalier, for some time thanks to a facial injury suffered after a fight on Friday night in the losing effort against the Washington Capitals.
Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News originally let us know that Lecavalier was hurt and will miss time, although no specifics were given at first:
Holmgren says Downie has a concussion from fight. Lecavalier has a facial injury and will miss time.— Frank Seravalli (@DNFlyers) November 2, 2013
TSN's Bob McKenzie later reported that Lecavalier is set to miss at least a few weeks after the fight:
Not sure what's already out there but sounds as tho PHI's Vinny Lecavalier will be sidelined at least a couple of weeks. Injured in fight.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 2, 2013
Losing Lecavalier was no doubt injury added to insult in this case as the Flyers lost to the Capitals, 7-0. In the same game, Philly also lost winger Steve Downie to a concussion as a result of a fight.
The bigger blow here is clearly Lecavalier, whose five goals and seven points in just nine games are tops on the team. He has also added two assists to his impressive totals.
Not having a catalyst like Lecavalier even for a short amount of time will be painful for this team. Philadelphia is currently a dreadful 3-9 on the season and is sitting in eighth place in the Metropolitan division.
Goal scoring has been a major issue for the Flyers as evidenced by their 1.7 goals per game average (No. 28 in NHL) and that problem will no doubt be compounded by the fact that Lecavalier isn't on the ice.
In the meantime, the Flyers will need contributions from other players on the roster to fill the goal-scoring void, but none will be able to replace Lecavalier's production.