Leino scratched with lower-body injury

SUNRISE, Fla. -- At first glance, everything seemed to be normal with Ville Leino on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay.

Leino did not pick up any points but skated 15:53 in the Flyers’ shootout win over the Lightning.

His movements, though, in timeouts and in between stoppages, painted an entirely different picture. Leino took every opportunity to stretch his legs and skate, even stretching as deep as the Flyers’ tunnel in between the bench and their locker room.

As it turns out, Leino was scratched for Wednesday’s matchup with the Panthers with a lower body injury, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

From our non-clinical perspective, the injury appears to be a groin pull - or some other muscular issue.

“It’s nothing major,” Holmgren said. “I’d be surprised if he doesn’t play the next game.”

Leino did not participate in warmups and did not have the benefit of a morning skate at the Bank Atlantic Center because the Flyers played the night before.

It's interesting, too, that Nik Zherdev remained scratched, even with Leino out of the lineup. Peter Laviolette chose to re-insert Jody Shelley after sitting out Tuesday night's game. You would think that Laviolette would like to put a skill player in Leino's spot, which I guess says more about where Zherdev stands on the team's totem pole.

He will have at least one extra day to rest on Thursday in Raleigh, N.C., as the Flyers are not expected to practice before facing the Hurricanes on Friday night when Rod Brind’Amour’s number 17 is retired.

We will follow up with Leino after the game. Check Thursday’s Daily News for the latest.

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