Grossmann leaves game

Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday's game against the Rangers and will not return. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

NEW YORK -- Despite finishing the last shift of the first period on the ice, Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann never returned to the game after the first intermission.

According to the team, Grossmann left the game with an undisclosed, “lower-body” injury. Grossmann blocked two shots in the first period to add to his league-high total of 68. 

Grossmann, 28, has played in all 24 games to start the season following an injury-riddled run with the Flyers last year. He wears a black, plastic shell over his skates - complete with fake skate laces to blend in - in order to protect himself better when blocking shots.

Depending on the severity, Grossmann’s injury could spur the return of Andrej Meszaros from the injury list. Meszaros has been out since Jan. 24 with a shoulder dislocation. He did not skate on Monday or Tuesday - the Flyers say he is ill - but was slated to return in 7-to-10 days on Feb. 21.

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