The injury bug continues to hit the Flyers. After Friday’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center, general manager Paul Holmgren said that defenseman Andreas Lilja could miss six weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain.
The injury occurred in the second period.
In addition, the three players who were scratched on Friday, Chris Pronger, James van Riemsdyk and Jaromir Jagr, won’t make the trip to New York for Saturday’s game with the Rangers.
Pronger missed his third game with what is believed to be a virus. Van Riemsdyk suffered an upper body injury in Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime win against the host New York Islanders. Jagr reaggravated his groin in the same game.
The Flyers issued an earlier statement that van Riemsdyk is expected out 1-2 weeks, and Holmgren said a best-case scenario for his return would be Friday, Dec. 2 at Anaheim. The Flyers catch a break in the fact that they are off after Saturday’s game until resuming action in Anaheim.
Holmgren said JVR’s injury occurred in the third period on Wednesday.
“He went to pass the puck and has a little bit of an upper body injury now,” Holmgren said.
The general manager said that JVR wasn’t hit when he suffered the injury.
As for Jagr, he had missed the two previous games prior to Wednesday with a groin injury.
Against the Islanders he played just 7:52 before aggravating the injury.
Holmgren said the Flyers are shooting to have him back on Friday, but won’t rush matters.
“If he is not ready we will wait,” he said.
As for Pronger, Holmgren said that the best case scenario for his return would be Friday.
“Chris is feeling better but he is not feeling himself,” Holmgren said.
When asked if it was a form of the flu, Holmgren replied, “We’re not sure, it’s kind of a virus.”
The Flyers will be recalling a player for the Rangers game, but Holmgren said he hadn’t decided who that would be and likely wouldn’t announce it until Saturday.