Giroux (lower body) back at practice, says he’ll play in season opener

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The Philadelphia Flyers received a surprise at today’s practice in the form of Claude Giroux, who returned to the ice less than one week after being shelved with a lower-body injury.

Giroux, who was originally supposed to be sidelined two weeks with the ailment, skated with teammates and spoke to the media afterward, confirming that he would be ready to go when the Flyers open their regular season against the Bruins on Oct. 8.

The Flyers captain has missed all three of his team’s preseason games thus far and won’t play tonight when Philly takes on the Devils at Wells Fargo. Assuming the club practices caution with Giroux’s injury, his lineup return could come next Tuesday, when Philly plays it’s penultimate exhibition campaign against the Rangers.

The Flyers then close out the preseason with a game against the Caps at Verizon on Oct. 2.