The Philadelphia Flyers will likely be getting a key piece back in the lineup when they face their arch-rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday evening.
Power forward Wayne Simmonds, who has been sidelined since Feb. 18 against with the Rangers with an upper-body injury, practiced on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Jordan Weal on Tuesday and is expected to return to the lineup against Pittsburgh.
Rookie Oskar Lindblom, who was called up from Lehigh Valley when Simmonds was sidelined, remained on the second line centered by Nolan Patrick with Jake Voracek on the left.
I'm not in Voorhees (travel day for me back to Philly) but it looks as if Simmonds will be back tomorrow on reunited line with Weal and Filppula — a good line late last season, worked out so-so earlier this season — and Lindblom stays with Patrick and Voracek.
— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) March 6, 2018
Simmonds dished out an assist in the win over New York and likely suffered the injury during a fight with Tony DeAngelo.
Simmonds has scored 20 goals in 59 games this season, marking the fifth straight campaign in which he has scored at least 20. Ten of this season’s goals have come on the power play.