Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan was pretty jarred by a hit during Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets; the assumption following the game was that the hit — delivered by Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard — was that the 28 year old right winger would have to miss at least one game, maybe more.
Although it seemed serious, though, Ryan insists he’s fine — just ‘sore’.
Bobby Ryan just spoke to media and says he's "a little sore" but says he thinks he could play tomorrow.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 20, 2015
The team’s upcoming game is going to be tomorrow evening; the Senators, who are second in the Atlantic Division and riding a pretty strong offensive game into the later weeks of November (they sit second in the division in goals for, as well), will be taking on the struggling Flyers as they try to snap a two game streak of OT losses.
That’s good news for the Senators, whose even strength goal differential and seemingly resurgent point totals for Ryan (who boasts 17 points in 19 games, good for second on the team) are miles above Philadelphia’s -19 goal differential and struggling situation in net. Having a healthy Ryan this year has looked like an important part of the team’s success — after a scoring slump that had Ryan questioning himself last year, the former second overall draft selection is looking like a strong candidate for a scoring resurgence this year.
For the Flyers, though, that’s far from what they likely wanted to hear; with a 6-8-5 record and only their overtime and shootout loss points keeping them from the bottom of the standings, the Metropolitan Division club is looking like this year is just going to be a repeat of the year before.
With the reassurance from Ryan that he’s likely going to draw into the game on Saturday, the team will likely have a confirmation for their final lineup by tomorrow morning or early afternoon; the puck will drop between Ottawa and Philadelphia at 7:00 PM EST in Kanata, Ontario.