Del Zotto is slated to undergo ligament repair surgery on his wrist. Per the report, Del Zotto will be out 3-4 months, which effectively ends the blueliner's regular season. Del Zotto's second campaign with the Flyers thus concludes with a 4/9/13 stat line over 52 games.
Del Zotto will be out "weeks" after suffering an upper-body injury in a collision with the Devils' Kyle Palmieri in Saturday's game, reports the Associated Press. For the last couple weeks, Del Zotto has had his left wrist taped up. The collision Saturday occurred when he took Palmieri into Philly netminder Michal Neuvirth. Replays showed his left arm either went into Neuvirth's helmet or the post at high speed. Del Zotto has been the team's biggest minute muncher on the back end and has contributed four goals and nine assists in 51 games.
Del Zotto is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Del Zotto has reportedly been dealing with a nagging left-wrist injury for quite some time, and may have re-aggravated or possibly worsened that preexisting ailment in Saturday's matchup with New Jersey. It sounds like the 25-year-old blueliner is expected to miss extended time, which would be a huge blow to the Flyers, as he's soaked up an average of 23:28 of ice time per game when healthy this season. Expect an update on Del Zotto's status once Philadelhpia's medical staff has an opportunity to evaluate him further.
Del Zotto tallied the game's first goal in Sunday's loss to the Capitals. Del Zotto isn't known for factoring into the scoresheet too often, as this was just his 13th point of the season. The defenseman does log a heavy amount of ice time though, leading the team by nearly two minutes with 23:30 skated per game.
Del Zotto scored his second goal of the year in the second period of Thursday's win over Minnesota, then followed it up with his third of the year to finish things off in overtime. You wouldn't notice it from his meager 10 points in 37 games, but Del Zotto's evolved into the Flyers' biggest minutes-eating blueliner, with Thursday's 27:02 representing his second-highest ice time of the year. Del Zotto had been scoreless in his last seven (nine if you count the two games he sat with an upper-body issue), but the Flyers' offense has been gradually waking up, and that rising tide should lift their top blueliner's boat.
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