Claude Giroux’s quest to avoid the same kind of rough start he endured last season hasn’t gone according to plan. He suffered a lower-body injury during his first training camp practice and has missed the Flyers’ first four preseason games as a result.
He won’t return to the lineup tonight or Monday either.
“Pretty frustrated right now,” Giroux said, per NHL.com. “I’m pretty hard on myself and having this kind of injury, you just want to go out there and play your best but you can’t because you can’t really do the things you used to do. So just a matter of time for it to come back.”
The silver lining is that Philadelphia seems to be targeting Tuesday’s exhibition contest as Giroux’s return date, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi. The Flyers final preseason game is scheduled for Thursday.
The 26-year-old forward has already firmly stated that he’ll be available for the season opener. Assuming that doesn’t change, then the big question is if he’ll be rusty going into that contest.