Simmonds, who had been battling the flu since the Flyers’ trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., last week, took part in the full hour-long session. In fact, it was the second consecutive day the right winger was on the ice – he skated before Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils, too.
It was only the first practice of the season, but the Flyers liked what they saw from new linemates Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds.
Simmonds, who was one of Philly’s bright spots in an otherwise disappointing 2013 campaign, projects to open on the second line as Lecavalier’s winger, along with Brayden Schenn. It’s a nice fit for Lecavalier, a noted table-setter. Simmonds, who has scored at a 0.34 goals-per-game clip in each of the last two seasons, should be pushing for his first 30-goal campaign with Lecavalier in the middle.
Wayne Simmonds skating today for the #Flyers ... In orange. That's a good sign for a possible return tomorrow. #NHL
Simmonds wore a non-contact jersey in practice yesterday but has switched to a regular jersey today, which would indicate he is likely good to go for tomorrow. Monitor his status prior to game-time (1:00 P.M. EST)