Flyers' Carter Hart exits practice early with possible injury

Flyers' Carter Hart exits practice early with possible injury

Updated: 5:21 p.m.

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers are hoping this isn't a flashback to last season, when they were ravaged by injuries in net and used an NHL record eight goaltenders.

Carter Hart left practice early Tuesday with assistant athletic trainer Sal Raffa. Alain Vigneault had not yet received a definitive update on Hart when the head coach addressed the media just before 1 p.m. following practice.

"I'm still waiting to find out," Vigneault said. "Obviously he felt a little something, I'm not exactly sure where in the lower-body region. We should find out in the next couple of hours, I'm hoping."

Per general manager Chuck Fletcher, the Flyers will have an update Wednesday on Hart.

Backup goalie Brian Elliott was already slated to start Wednesday night in St. Louis against the Blues (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN). Hart allowed five goals Monday night in the Flyers' 6-5 shootout win over the Bruins but did not appear to suffer any injury during the game.

"As far as I know, I just talked quickly with [goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh] here, he just got off the ice — after the game last night, everything was fine, everything was fine this morning," Vigneault said. "I'm not quite sure what happened between the time they're warming up the goalies and I'm stepping on the ice. I stepped on the ice and two minutes after, he was stepping off."

The 21-year-old Hart has been massive to the Flyers' turnaround thus far in 2019-20. Hart has given the Flyers their desired stability in net, going 15-11-3 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .905 save percentage over 32 games. He has been dominant at home, where he's 13-2-2 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.

If the Flyers have to, they can fly Alex Lyon to St. Louis to back up Elliott. A roster move would be required to make space.

The 27-year-old Lyon has a 2.56 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 23 games with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

Stay tuned.

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Shayne Gostisbehere will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday.

The news and timing could have been much worse. Gostisbehere is expected to return in approximately three weeks from today. 

The injury and procedure come at a favorable time as the Flyers don't play from Jan. 22-30 because of their NHL-mandated bye week. With that, Gostisbehere could miss only six games if he returns following the break on Jan. 31 against the Penguins.

Gostisbehere "tweaked his knee" near the end of regulation during the Flyers' 5-4 overtime loss Tuesday to the Hurricanes and missed Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Capitals.

The Flyers currently have only six healthy defensemen but could be back to full health following the All-Star break and bye as the Feb. 24 trade deadline gets closer (see story).

The team also made a roster move Thursday by calling up David Kase from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley and loaning Mikhail Vorobyev to the Phantoms.

The Flyers liked Kase's play during the 22-year-old's five-game stint with the big club in December. The Flyers will have to make an adjustment at center because Vorobyev was playing down the middle, while Kase will play on the wing.

Scott Laughton could shift from wing to the middle while Michael Raffl moves to fourth-line center, a spot where head coach Alain Vigneault has liked the 31-year-old.

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With Oskar Lindblom injury, Flyers call up prospect David Kase from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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Updated: 2:08 p.m.

This is not how the Flyers wanted to open their three-game road trip.

Playing against the NHL's highest-scoring team Wednesday night, the Flyers will be without their two leading goal-scorers Travis Konecny (concussion) and Oskar Lindblom (upper body).

The Flyers knew on Monday they would not have the services of Konecny. Lindblom was added to the list of injuries Wednesday afternoon.

Konecny and Lindblom have a team-high 11 goals apiece. The 22-year-old Konecny leads the Flyers with 28 points, while the 23-year-old Lindblom is projected to finish with 30 goals after a promising rookie season in which he scored 17. The Flyers are also without forwards Michael Raffl (broken right pinkie finger, out approximately four weeks) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder, out indefinitely).

Earlier in the morning, the Flyers called up David Kase from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. He will now make his NHL debut tonight against the Avalanche (9:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN).

Kase, 22, is a smaller (5-10/168) but quick, hard-working winger who has six points (three goals, three assists) in 21 games with the Phantoms. The 2015 fifth-round pick is constantly active with his bursts of speed and quality skill.

Originally, it was unlikely he would play without any practice. However, the Flyers need him, hence why he was summoned to Denver this morning. After they play Colorado, the Flyers visit the Wild on Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and the Jets on Sunday (5 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).

The Flyers had the roster space and cap space for another forward. Lindblom missed Monday's skills practice for maintenance but practiced Tuesday. Joel Farabee also sat out Monday after getting his wisdom teeth taken out but practiced Tuesday and said he's good to go.

When Lindblom returns, Kase, Chris Stewart or Mikhail Vorobyev will serve as the Flyers' lone extra forward.

Kase becomes the ninth rookie to play for the Flyers this season. Alain Vigneault's team is 12-3-4 with 28 points since Nov. 1, tied for most in the NHL.

Here are the projected forward lines for tonight, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Charlie O'Connor of The Athletic:

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Morgan Frost-Tyler Pitlick
Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Joel Farabee
David Kase-Mikhail Vorobyev-Chris Stewart

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