Giroux, Flyers beat Maple Leafs 6-1 for 5th straight win

Toronto Maple Leafs' Andreas Johnsson (18) tries to keep the puck away from Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl (12) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia Flyers placed forward Michael Raffl on injury reserve Wednesday after suffering a broken right pinkie.

The injury occurred late in the second period during their 6-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

Raffl has three goals and six assists in 28 games with the Flyers. The 31-year-old center has been solid on the fourth line, winning 50% of his face-off attempts.

Raffl is expected to miss four weeks.

In his absence, the Flyers recalled forward Mikhail Vorobyev from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The 22-year-old center has played six games with the Flyers this season. With the Phantoms, he has scored five goals and nine assists this season.

Raffl has also been a big part of the Flyers’ penalty kill, which is tied for third in the NHL. He has played the fourth-most shorthanded minutes among Flyers forwards.

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said he expects rookie Joel Farabee to get involved with the penalty kill until Raffl returns.

The Flyers (16-7-5, 35 points) host the Arizona Coyotes (16-9-4, 36 points) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers, who are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, are riding a season-high, five-game win streak.

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