Paul Holmgren does not believe the Flyers are snakebitten by injuries.
He would, however, like this whole “injury per game” streak to end sometime soon.
Thursday night's win over the Rangers cost them defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who went down with a left shoulder injury. He was re-evaluated by team doctors on Friday - and though the exact injury was not specified - Meszaros is expected to miss “about a month” or more.
“He’s going to miss some time here,” Holmgren said. “We’re hoping it’s about a 4-week rehabilitation of the injury. It’s a muscle injury in and around the shoulder joint. We just need to strengthen the area and we believe he’ll be out around a month.”
Meszaros left the game at the end of the second period, suffering the injury on a hit from Ryan Callahan on the last shift of the period.
With Meszaros out of the lineup, the Flyers re-called defenseman Andreas Lilja from AHL Adirondack.
Lilja, a veteran of 576 NHL games, will join the team in Florida. He is expected to be the extra, healthy defenseman, with Kurtis Foster re-joining the lineup. Bruno Gervais skated as the 6th man in Thursday’s first win of the season; Foster was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row.
Meszaros, 27, had surgery in the same shoulder on March 3, 2009, while with Tampa Bay, to repair a torn labrum. He was out of action for nearly 6 months, returning just in time for the start of the 2010-11 season with the Flyers. The Flyers acquired him in a trade on July 1, 2010, while he was still rehabbing.
“We’ve lost I believe three players, Rinaldo, Scott Hartnell and now Meszaros to significant injuries,” Holmgren said. “I’m not sure that we’re all that different from other teams in the league. We’ve just got to fight through it and take the approach that it’s opportunities for other players. We’ve got to deal with it on a day-to-day basis.”
SLAP SHOTS: Danny Briere remains a “50/50” shot to play this weekend in Florida ... Zac Rinaldo (leg laceration) is eligible to return to the lineup on Sunday in Tampa Bay ... The Flyers are still mulling surgery options with Scott Hartnell (fractured left big toe) ... The Flyers did not skate on Friday before boarding their charter flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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