The Philadelphia Flyers have activated goaltender Brian Elliott from Injured Reserve.
The Flyers have struggled in Elliott’s absence, suffering four straight losses.
Elliott hasn’t played since Jan.23 against Detroit, missing the last three games with a “lower-body injury”.
Elliott returned to the active roster Monday and is slated to start Tuesday when the Flyers visit the Carolina Hurricanes.
Alex Lyon, who underwhelmed in his NHL debut, has been re-assigned to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The 25-year-old could certainly be an NHL goaltender one day, but he needs to develop some more and fix some inconsistencies in his game. Carter Hart is the goaltender of the Flyers’ future, but that doesn’t mean Lyon can’t work his way into the picture at some point.
Elliott has been overworked at times this season, but he’s likely to be the Flyers’ ride-or-die leading up the playoffs. He had won five of his last six games before suffering the injury and gives Philadelphia some stability in the crease.
Elliott’s .908 save percentage is nothing special, he’s shown the ability to steal games and the team appears to play with confidence when he’s in the cage.
Elliott’s return comes at the perfect time, as the veteran netminder will need to be a key piece in the final 30 games if the Flyers hope to make the playoffs.