Good news on the goaltending front for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Injured goaltender Brian Elliott took to the ice Monday morning before the team’s morning skate. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall hopes Elliott can return to action before the end of the regular season.
Brian Elliott skated before team took morning skate. Ron Hextall said yesterday that Elliott might be able to return before the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/Z4Oap2Uyi1
— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) March 12, 2018
Elliott has been sidelined since mid-February after he re-aggravated an abdominal injury during a shootout victory over Arizona. Elliott had abdominal surgery on February. 13 and Hextall originally said the veteran goaltender would be out 5-6 weeks.
In the absence of Elliott and Michal Neuvirth (lower body), the team went out and acquired netminder Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings. Mrazek has been up-and-down in his eight games with the Flyers thus far, putting together a 4-3-1 record, 2.82 GAA and .899 save percentage.
Elliott has carried the Flyers at times this season and an early-return would be huge. Even if he does return before the end of the regular season, the Flyers will likely be playing some very important games in a tight playoff race and it might not be the best time to ease Elliott back in. The Flyers may consider letting Elliott play a couple rehab starts for the AHL Phantoms before he returns to the big club.
In 41 games this season, Elliott has posted a 21-11-7 mark with a 2.72 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.