The Flyers are having a tough go to start the 2013-14 season. They're 1-4, last in the Metropolitan Division and now will be without two key forwards for at least a week. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that both Vincent Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell will be out after sustaining injuries in Friday night's 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
From the Flyers' team site:
"Vinny's is a lower body issue, he's probably going to be out at least a week as well and we will know more tomorrow on both guys once we have further evaluation,” said Holmgren.
Through two periods of play Lecavalier appeared in 12 shifts and logged a total of 12:43 of ice-time, including 2:20 of power-play time.
"Scott has an upper body injury probably going to keep him out for at least a week. We will know better [Saturday]," added Holmgren.
Hartnell appeared in just four shifts for a total of 3:38 of ice time. Through the first four games of the season Hartnell is scoreless, while averaging just over 17 minutes of ice time per game.
Lecavalier is tied for the team lead with three points, including one goal through five games. Hartnell has yet to get on the score sheet.
Losing two veterans for any amount of time is tough, but it's especially challenging for a team that is trying to turnaround a rough start. Philadelphia is also trying to establish a new identity under new head coach Craig Berube, which is another reason it's important to have guys with experience around to ease the transition.
Neither injury sounds terribly serious, so this shouldn't hamper the Flyers too much in the long term. Philadelphia is a team that could really use some positive momentum though, and soon.
Holmgren said the Flyers will likely call up one player from AHL Adirondack while the two veteran forwards recover.