The Philadelphia Flyers will be without veteran blueliner Andrew MacDonald for an extended period of time.
Bill Meltzer reported Sunday afternoon MacDonald will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.
He was credited with six blocked shots in Saturday’s win against the Oilers — one that hobbled him and has now proved to be costly.
Per Ron Hextall, Andrew MacDonald will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.
— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) October 22, 2017
MacDonald is coming off one of his better performances of the season in that win over the Oilers. The 31-year-old sacrificed his body on numerous occasions, including a terrific sequence midway through the third period in which he threw himself in front of a Milan Lucic shot. After blocking the shot and wincing in pain, MacDonald still found the energy to scramble to the front of the net and break up a scoring chance.
Here’s the full sequence in which he suffered the injury.
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Meltzer provided a great post-game quote from MacDonald showing his heart and willingness to help the team.
“You’ve just got to get up. If you don’t get up, it’s a 5-on-3. There are other opportunities that can arise from it. Do your best and try to hang in there. Wait for some help. Wait until you clear it. It is what it is. Everyone battles through it. You take a shot. You just get up, get back in there and help your guys,” MacDonald said.
The Flyers currently have Brandon Manning on the roster at the seventh defenseman, but could recall a blueliner from the Phantoms to replace MacDonald, possibly Sam Morin. The injury also means Ivan Provorov will be finding himself a new defensive partner.
The Flyers return to action on Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m.