James van Riemsdyk suffers broken hand in Flyers-Capitals game


Updated: 10:25 p.m.

The Flyers haven't lost a lot lately.

They suffered a big loss Wednesday night during their game against the Capitals at Capital One Arena.

James van Riemsdyk exited in the first period and did not return after taking a Jonas Siegenthaler shot off his right hand.

During an in-game interview with analyst Brian Boucher on the NBC Sports Network broadcast, head coach Alain Vigneault said it didn't look real good after van Riemsdyk underwent an X-ray on his hand.

In hockey, a broken finger alone can cost a player a month. A broken hand is obviously worse. After the Flyers' 5-2 win, Vigneault told reporters at Capital One Arena that van Riemsdyk did in fact break his hand and how long the 30-year-old will be out was still uncertain (more on that here).

Losing van Riemsdyk for any period of time is costly. The goal-scoring winger has 19 markers, 40 points and was playing on the team's third line. He had been a presence on the power play and the Flyers are 22-5-0 when he records a point.

With van Riemsdyk set to miss time, 20-year-old rookie winger Joel Farabee was the top candidate to be his replacement (more on that here).

The Flyers have 16 games remaining in the regular season. The second-place club is 17-5-1 since Jan. 8.

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