As if it weren’t bad enough the Flyers fell to 0-2 with a 5-2 loss at Buffalo on Sunday, forward Zac Rinaldo will be out of the lineup for at least one week after suffering a 20-stitch gash on his right leg.
The feisty winger left the game in the first period and did not return after taking the worst of a collision with Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr.
“It was a weird feeling. I looked at my pad, and the sock was cut. It was like an X-acto knife cut it. I saw that and I was pissed off it happened,” Rinaldo told CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio.
Tye McGinn, who impressed some at the abbreviated training camp last week, will be recalled from Adirondack of the AHL to take the open roster spot.
The next two games are especially crucial for the Orange and Black, tomorrow at New Jersey and on Thursday back home against the New York Rangers. The club hasn’t opened a season with four straight losses since going 0-3-3 to begin in 2008-09.