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NHL notes: Briere joins injury parade

Flyers forward Daniel Briere in action against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.,...

Flyers forward Daniel Briere in action against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., Dec. 15, 2011. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:45 PM ET

The bad news is Danny Briere is injured.

The good news for the Philadelphia Flyers is it's not another concussion.

Briere, who has 10 goals and 15 assists this season, was out of the lineup Friday night because of a bruised hand, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.

The 34-year-old forward was listed as day to day.

The Flyers have been hit hard by concussions this season, including captain Chris Pronger who is out for the season, and Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn who are currently sidelined. Leading scorer Claude Giroux has just returned to the lineup after missing four games with a concussion.

PANTHERS FEEL THE PAIN

The Florida Panthers could use a few days off -- they have had five forwards injured during the past four games.

The latest was Stephen Weiss, who sustained an upper-body injury Thursday against the Ottawa Senators when he collided with Chris Neil, knocking him out of a Friday night game against Boston.

Weiss joined Jack Skille (shoulder), Sean Bergenheim (groin), Mikael Samuelsson (tailbone) and Marco Sturm (possible concussion) among those who were injured in recent games. As well, Scottie Upshall and Marcel Goc have been on injured reserve with long-term injuries.

NAGGING INJURY FOR PEVERLEY

Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley was taken out of the lineup for a game Friday against the Florida Panthers because of an undisclosed injury.

The Bruins want to give Peverley a break from an injury that he will have to cope with for the rest of the season, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Friday.

Peverley has six goals and 19 assists in 30 games.

"It's a little nagging injury that doesn't stop him from playing, but sometimes rest does a lot of good," Julien said.

BRIEFLY

The San Jose Sharks recalled Antero Niittymaki on Friday from the AHL, giving the Sharks three goalies on their roster. Niittymaki, who has been recovering from off-season hip surgery, joins fellow goalies Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss ... Winger Martin Havlat visited the Sharks dressing room Friday, two days after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left hamstring. He will be sidelined up to eight weeks.


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