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Flyers lose LW Raffl to injury in setback against Blackhawks

15 October 2016: Philadelphia Flyers Left Wing Michael Raffl (12) during a NHL hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin French/Icon Sportswire)
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The Philadelphia Flyers lost more than a game Tuesday as Michael Raffl exited their 7-4 setback against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period with an upper-body injury.

Raffl recorded one shot and three hits in 9 minutes, 36 seconds of ice time on 13 shifts before departing. He was playing on the Flyers’ top line that also consisted of captain Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds.

The 27-year-old Raffl was kept off the scoresheet in Philadelphia’s season-opening victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday but scored his first goal the following night in an overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes. He appeared in all 82 games for the Flyers last campaign, registering 13 goals – including four game-winners – and a career-high 31 points.

Signed as an undrafted free agent on May 31, 2013, Raffl made his debut with Philadelphia in 2013-14, recording nine goals and 13 assists in 68 games. He scored a personal-best 21 goals and set up seven others over 67 contests the following season.

A native of Austria, Raffl has collected 44 goals and 38 assists in 220 regular-season games. Nine of his tallies have been game-winners while three have come on the power play and one while short-handed.

Raffl has recorded one goal and one assist in 13 postseason contests.

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