The Flyers had quite a scare put into them when forward Michael Raffl slumped over on the bench in Saturday night's game against the Rangers. Perhaps the Flyers had visions of Rich Peverley or Jiri Fischer flash before them, but as it turns out, Raffl is going to be OK. In fact, the team has listed him as day to day with an upper-body injury.
Where Peverley and Fischer collapsed on the bench during games due to heart conditions, Raffl's episode appears tied to a head injury. He was accidentally elbowed in the face by Rangers forward Jarret Stoll on the shift prior to him collapsing on the bench.
Flyers players did everything they could to get the referees attention to stop the game, which they immediately did upon seeing the activity on the home bench.
Raffl was able to walk down the tunnel with assistance from trainers. General manager Ron Hextall said Raffl was “fine” after the game.
The Flyers are dealing with a few upper-body injuries. Aside from Raffl, forward Sean Couturier is out after taking a high hit from Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo earlier in the week. Additionally, backup goalie Michal Neuvirth left the same game as Couturier after taking a stick to the head. Both are listed with upper-body injuries.
Coming off of a 3-2 shootout win Saturday, the Flyers must be lamenting their unfortunate run of injuries, but they'll also be glad that Raffl's situation isn't as bad as it initially looked.