Philadelphia fans got some bad news today. Jeremy Roenick could be out of the line up for the rest of the season, having broken his jaw last night at Madison Square Garden. Roenick who was briefly unconscious on the ice, left the Garden with a pool of blood on the ice after taking a Boris Mironov shot to the face. This is the second broken jaw that Roenick has suffered, his last one as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes back in 1999. That time he missed three and half weeks, that would be wishful thinking this year. Ken Hitchcock, said that Roenick suffered a serious break of his jaw, and would most likely miss a significant amount of time. Certainly more than two to three weeks, Hitchcock said they would see how Roenick felt in a week and go from there.
That wasn't the only injury to the Flyers last night, less than two minutes after Roenick left the ice Keith Primeau went down. Primeau was knocked out of the game after a collision with Bobby Holik, but is expected back on the ice on Saturday.
For the Flyers, injuries have been part of their season from the beginning. Starting with Jeff Hackett suffering vertigo and retiring earlier this week. Eric Desjardins has been gone for a month with a broken arm. Defenceman Dennis Seidenberg, broke his leg that same week and has yet to return to the lineup.
Despite the constant stream of injuries, the Flyers have managed to stay atop the Division standings. They presently are tied with the Avalanche for first overall in the NHL.
It will be interesting to see if Bobby Clarke trades to shore up his missing players or tries to make it through the rest of season with the assembled squad. Hoping that everyone is healthy again by the playoffs.