Braun (COVID-19 protocols) will return to the Flyers' lineup Saturday against Buffalo, Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphiareports. Braun has missed Philadelphia's last three games, but he'll return to a bottom-four role against the Sabres. The 34-year-old American has tallied one assist in 13 contests this campaign.
Braun will be activated off the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list and return to practice Wednesday, but he won't play in the evening's matchup with the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Although Braun won't be available against the Rangers, he could be an option for Friday's matchup with Buffalo after getting a few practices under his belt. He's picked up one assist through 13 games this season.
Braun was added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Although Braun has been added to the league's virus protocols list, he may not end up missing any game action, as the Flyers won't play again until Sunday against the Rangers at the earliest.
Braun recorded an assist Sunday in a 7-4 win over the Capitals. The apple counts as Braun's first point of the season, as his offensive utility has been constricted by the third-pairing role. When Braun's NHL career began a decade ago, the Sharks trusted him with power-play minutes, but there is no such opportunity for him in Philadelphia, and he's actually starting a career-low 31.8 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone this season.
Braun penned a two-year, $3.6 million contract with Philadelphia on Monday. With Matt Niskanen opting to retire, the Flyers were no doubt eager to re-sign Braun to shore up their blue line. This season, the 32-year-old defenseman garnered three goals, 16 assists and 91 hits while averaging 17:16 of ice time. The departure of Niskanen could also open up a spot on the No. 2 power-play unit for Braun, which would bolster his fantasy value ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
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