MacDonald (lower body) was cleared to return to action Thursday against the Jets, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. In a surprise move, MacDonald will rejoin the lineup in favor of Shayne Gostisbehere who will be a healthy scratch. MacDonald missed the Flyers' last six contests due to injury, but should be able to resume his ice time average of 18:53 per night. The 30-year-old doesn't offer the same level of offensive production as Gostisbehere, but should add some defensive stability on the blue line.
The Flyers host the Senators on Tuesday night and the team will not make any lineup changes from their last contest, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. As a result, this rules MacDonald out for the upcoming game. MacDonald was able to participate in morning skate, which suggests he's getting closer to rejoining the lineup. The veteran rearguard will now set his sights on Thursday's home game against the Jets.
MacDonald (lower body) was out on the ice for morning skate Tuesday, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports. MacDonald has missed the past five games due to the ailment, and the Flyers have only won two of those without the veteran defender. The Senators are in town for a contest Tuesday night, and fantasy owners relying on MacDonald will want to check back closer to pregame warm-ups to verify that the 30-year-old is ready to return.
MacDonald (lower body) is expected to resume skating Monday, and will not be demoted to the minors once he's healthy enough to play, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. This news effectively rules MacDonald out of the Flyers' next two contests, but suggests he may be ready to return to the lineup sometime next week. Owners keeping tabs on the veteran blueliner's availability can expect another update on his status once he's ready to return to game action.
MacDonald will miss approximately one week with a lower-body injury according to GM Ron Hextall. It's unclear when and how MacDonald sustained the injury, but either way he joins Michael Del Zotto in the ranks of injured Philadelphia defensemen. Look for Ivan Provorov and Brandon Manning to see more ice time in MacDonald's absence.
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