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A Look on the Flyers Bright Side (and not so bright side): Voracek, Giroux, Simmonds, Couturier and more over the last 10 games

Sigh, the Flyers. I could probably end this right here and have summed up the feelings of thousands of Flyers fans. There have been a few bright spots in this otherwise dim, dreary season for our Flyers. It’s hard to put your finger on just one thing that is wrong with this season, but to be honest there’s only a couple of things going right, so naturally they are easy to point out. I wanted to really see if we should have seen this coming, so I looked at the top 4 performing Flyers so far this season and compared …

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RICE & MICE: Matt Read’s rib cage muscles and Zach Redmond’s femoral artery

  Injuries giveth and injuries taketh away. Just as it was announced that Scott Hartnell was nearing a return to the Flyers lineup, it was announced that Matt Read would miss around six weeks with torn rib cage muscles. Read left the February 20 game against Pittsburgh after the first period and did not return. Now, when players injure their wrist, we can put a brace on it. Shoulder injury? Put the shoulder in a sling. Ankle? Give them some crutches so they can rest the ankle. Rib muscle injury? Well, we can’t exactly tell a player to stop breathing …

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RICE & MICE: What’s all the fuss about deer antler spray?

The latest buzz about performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) is all about the deer antler spray. I know I’ve heard plenty of people wondering aloud what exactly deer antler spray is, followed up by wondering if something like that would actually work. Deer antler spray, also known as deer antler velvet, is a supplement made from, you guessed it, deer antlers. Male moose, elk, and deer produce and shed antlers every year as do female reindeer and caribou. When the antlers begin to grow, they are covered with a highly vascular and innervated skin, called velvet (literally because it looks and …

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RICE & MICE: Multiple Sclerosis

I assume everyone that follows the National Hockey League has heard that Minnesota goalie Josh Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in September while the lockout shenanigans were going on, so here’s an overview of MS and how it may impact Harding. MS is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s immune system doesn’t recognize something as it’s own and attacks it. Basically, the body attacks it’s own cells. Autoimmune diseases may impact certain organs, such as the thyroid, or certain types of cells. MS affects the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) by attacking the cells  that …

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RICE & MICE: Injury overview, Atlantic Division

New Jersey Devils Center Adam Henrique is recovering from a torn ligament (ulnar collateral ligament) in his left thumb. The ligament was torn in an AHL game in November and was surgically repaired on November 29. The 4-to-6 week recovery time puts his comeback in February. I wrote about this injury a while back if you would like more information: Gamekeeper’s Thumb New York Islanders Center Josh Bailey injured his left knee while playing in Germany during the lockout. He had arthroscopic surgery and will miss 2-to-4 weeks. The Islanders have suspended Bailey until he can pass a physical. Winger …

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