The Flyers are desperate, and it's certainly showing. Forward Simon Gagne skated at Thursday's practice, a day before he was scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine his status. It was originally thought that the absolute best-case for Gagne's return would be Monday's potential Game 5.
But when that news came out, the Flyers weren't on the brink of a sweep. Given the circumstances, the Flyers are rushing him back. SBN's Broad Street Hockey isn't really that surprised.
Remember what we wrote the other day, about how you can't really hurt a broken toe too much more than it's already hurt? It seems that Simon Gagne and the Flyers medical staff feels the same way, because there he was this morning at practice, skating his little heart out.
So, can Gagne play in Game 4? We don't know, but you have to imagine that the answer is yes. The Flyers are on the brink of elimination, and there's no reason to push up Gagne's timetable without the idea that he'll be in the lineup come a do-or-die Game 4. It's still a stretch, but with David Krejci officially out for the season in Boston and Gagne hopefully back in for the Flyers come Friday night, it might be the swing the team needs to at least get the series back north.