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Updated: 12:34 p.m.

To no real surprise, the Flyers on Friday morning called up goalie Alex Lyon from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

Brian Elliott, who suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday night's 3-0 loss to the Devils, will miss approximately two weeks.

That should be considered a huge break for the Flyers given the circumstances.

Elliott is 33 years old and underwent core muscle surgery last season. During the third period Thursday, he tried pushing off his left leg to make a possible split and cover the opposite post on a wraparound goal by Kyle Palmieri, but didn't get far in his attempt. He was slow to get up, then started skating right for the bench and tunnel to the dressing room, before head trainer Jim McCrossin could even get to him in net.

Lyon, 25, was the all but certain call-up from the Phantoms. In four games for Lehigh Valley, Lyon, who was injured to open the year, is 2-2-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. Filling in for an injured Elliott last season, he held his own over 11 games for the Flyers, going 4-2-1 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

Right now, the Flyers' healthy goalies are Calvin Pickard and Lyon. Pickard wasn't in the organization last season and played one NHL game during 2017-18. Lyon has yet to play a game in the NHL this season. Entering Friday, Flyers goalies had an NHL-worst .885 save percentage.

That's where the Flyers are only 19 games into 2018-19.

 

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