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Ryder out with fracture

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  February 7, 2009 11:58 AM

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Michael Ryder is out indefinitely with a facial fracture. (Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Michael Ryder will not play today because of a facial fracture and is out indefinitely. Ryder was clipped by an Antoine Vermette high stick on Thursday. Ryder will be re-evaluated on Monday. Claude Julien said there is a possibility Ryder might require surgery, although Julien said the right wing's eyesight is OK.

Ryder is tied with David Krejci with 19 goals, third-most on the team behind Phil Kessel (24) and Marc Savard (20). Ryder had previously missed one game because of flu-like symptoms.

* Manny Fernandez will start today. His last action came on Jan. 8 against Ottawa.

* Aaron Ward (flu-like symptoms) will not play. Matt Hunwick will replace Ward in the lineup.

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