Thursday night’s win over the New York Rangers was a step in the right direction for the struggling Flyers. There was life on power-play, the penalty-kill came up huge and Ilya Bryzgalov was nearly perfect.
Brayden Schenn missed the game serving his one-game suspension and the Flyers had to do without Scott Hartnell for the first of many games but they still pulled out a tough win. Just when you thought the Flyers luck was finally changing, Andrej Meszaros left the game with an upper-body injury.
Paul Holmgren announced Friday Meszaros will be out at least for four weeks with a left shoulder injury.
With Hartnell out for eight weeks, Danny Briere questionable for this weekend and Zac Rinaldo still healing, the Flyers can’t afford to lose somebody else. The defense has been more than troubled and losing Meszaros just creates more problems.
The question is how the Flyers going to address those problems. Will they make a trade with Montreal for PK Subban? Will they let the injuries run their course and hope to make do with what they got?
Mike Knuble has joined the team and will be ready to go for Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers. He will wear number 9 in his first game with the Flyers since he signed with Washington in 2009.