James van Riemsdyk has beaten the odds this season – to both make the Flyers’ roster out of training camp and be hovering among the top NHL rookies in scoring.
Now, he has beaten the flu in record time.
Van Riemsdyk, 20, missed Saturday’s game against Buffalo but took place in today’s morning skate and will be in the lineup tonight against the New Jersey Devils (7:00 p.m., Versus) at the Wachovia Center.
He has 4 goals and 11 assists in 13 games as a Flyer.
Van Riemsdyk apparently had a more serious case of the flu than what ran through the team two weeks ago. Five players missed practice time with the flu but van Riemsdyk didn’t catch the bug then. Van Riemsdyk regained his appetite back on Sunday and the Flyers’ doctors said that he was not contagious today. He will be good to go for the Flyers’ post-game flight to Los Angeles, as they prepare to take on the Kings on Wednesday night.
Fans are asked to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. tonight to watch a pregame ceremony inducting Dave “The Hammer” Schultz into the Flyers’ Hall of Fame. He will give a brief speech and watch as a video montage with the highlights of his career is played.
Tune in to Daily News Live at 5:00 p.m. today on Comcast SportsNet, Dave Schultz will join us on the panel.
As for the game, the Devils are looking to tie the NHL record for most road wins to start a season. The Atlantic division leaders are 9-0-0 on the road and 9-1-0 overall in their last 10 games behind Martin Brodeur’s impressive 2.16 GAA.
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