Giroux Won’t Play Against Washington

12 Dec

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers are taking the cautious road with Claude Giroux. The NHL’s leading scorer was not on the ice at practice on Monday and will not go to Washington with the team. The Flyers will play the Capitals on Tuesday without without him.

“Claude is continuing to feel better,” said Paul Holmgren in a statement. “He will not travel with the team today and will be seen by our doctor again tomorrow.”

Giroux was scheduled to be evaluated on Monday, but Holmgren did not comment on that. The Flyers’ leading scorer has 16 goals and 23 assists. Heading into Monday night’s action, Giroux leads the league in points by three.

Giroux was at the team’s practice facility on Monday, but declined to speak with reporters. He left Saturday’s game with under two minutes to go in the second period. Danny Briere and Sean Couturier both filled in on his line with Couturier taking the bulk of the load. The Flyers practiced with Couturier in that spot on Monday as well.

“We had to move somebody up. Claude wasn’t on the ice,” said Peter Laviolette. “We finished the game that way the other night. We had moved Sean up there. He had generated two or three good scoring chances and we just had to get through practice today and we’ll figure out the lines and the lineup tomorrow. But just based on the way he finished the game the other night, we thought he did a good job so we put him there in practice.”

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