Ellis (lower body) won't play Friday versus Carolina, but coach Alain Vigneault is "very optimistic" that the veteran defender will be available for Saturday's matchup with Dallas, Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Ellis will miss a ninth straight game Friday, but it sounds like he should be ready to rock against the Stars on Saturday. The 30-year-old blueliner racked up one goal and four points through three games before suffering his lower-body injury.

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