DENVER - These injuries are going to hurt.
Down Blair Betts (dislocated right shoulder) and Darroll Powe (strained left shoulder) for the next 4 to 6 weeks, the Flyers have recalled winger Andreas Nodl and center Jared Ross from Adirondack for the time being.
Both players are making their way to Denver and will be available to be inserted into the lineup for Monday night's game here against the Avalanche.
Betts dislocated his right shoulder for the second time this season. General manager Paul Holmgren said that Betts will begin rehabbing in "a few days." This is the sixth time Betts has dislocated his right shoulder in his career. The Flyers are 11-3 with their fourth line center and penalty killing specialist in the lineup.
"We'll miss him," Holmgren said on Sunday afternoon, "in some areas like we did last time he was out of the lineup."
The Flyers actually received good news about Powe's injury on Sunday. Powe was injured by San Jose's Doug Murray after taking a shot on goal in Friday night's 6-3 loss to the Sharks. The injury was initially thought to require surgery butPowe will begin rehabbing as soon as possible.
With six goals already this season, Powe's absence presents a significant secondary scoring gap in the lineup for the Flyers. That's a void that is unlikely to be filled by Nodl, who lacked a serious scoring touch in his 38 games with theFlyers last year - despite a ton of opportunities. He finished with just 1 goal and 3 assists in 38 games.
Ross, on the other hand, scored when it counted most. Despite going scoreless in 10 regular season games, the Huntsville, Ala., native scored against the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs last year.
Both Powe and Betts should be returning around the same time Simon Gagne is ready to return from his abdominal surgery.
It is unlikely that Riley Cote, who played just 2:03 in Phoenix on Saturday night, would skate on Monday night ahead of either Ross or Nodl.