Defensemen Chris Pronger and Braydon Coburn were sidelined Monday, causing Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall to make their NHL debuts against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Pronger has a virus, and Coburn has an upper-body injury, general manager Paul Holmgren said. Pronger may be able to play Wednesday against the Islanders, and Holmgren hinted that Coburn would miss two games.
Bourdon and Marshall, both 22, were recalled from AHL Adirondack.
Marshall, 22, was told on Sunday night they he might be recalled.
“To be honest, I had a little struggle to sleep last night because you’re thinking a lot,” said the 6-foo-1, 207-pound Marshall said before Monday’s game. “….I feel like I’m ready to go, but obviously the butterflies are there right now. I’m pretty excited.”
Bourdon, a 6-foot, 225-pounder, had similar feelings.
“It’s my first game ever, so I’ve just got to keep it simple and do some good work,” Bourdon said.
At Adirondack, Bourdon had three assists in 14 games, while Marshall had a goal in 15 games.
Marshall was a second-round draft pick (41st overall) of the 2007 draft, and Bourdon was chosen in the third round (67th overall) in 2008.
In addition, the Flyers sent forward Harry Zolnierczyk to Trenton of the ECHL to free a needed roster spot.
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