The Philadelphia Flyers were hit with another injury on Tuesday afternoon when it was announced that defenseman Philippe Myers will miss approximately four weeks with a fractured patella on his right knee.
Injury update: Defenseman Phil Myers will miss approximately four weeks with a fractured patella on his right knee.— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 10, 2020
Four weeks from the announcement is April 7th, which is three days after the Flyers’ regular-season finale against the Buffalo Sabres. If he is able to recover in those four weeks, he’ll hopefully be good to go for the playoffs.
Myers blocked a shot on Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres and headed directly up the tunnel to the locker room, but he did return after a few shifts. He was originally listed as a game-time decision for Tuesday night, but the injury appears to be more serious than initially thought.
The young defenseman had been coming into his own recently on the second pair with Travis Sanheim. Behind Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen, the pair was producing solid results and only getting better as time went on.
Now, with Myers out, Shayne Gostisbehere will re-enter the lineup. Gostisbehere has only played in one game since January 7th, playing 18:23 in the 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils. He had come back too soon from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and needed more time to recover.
Gostisbehere has been healthy for some time now, but did not enter the lineup due to the Flyers’ winning streak. He has had plenty of time to recover and reset, and he’ll have a longer leash with Myers out until the playoffs.
Hopefully Gostisbehere can turn things around in the stretch run for the Flyers and give them seven solid defensemen heading into the playoffs.