Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn was out for Thursday night's game against the Devils. The longest tenured Flyer was introduced to the fans on crutches after blocking a Torey Krug shot on Wednesday night. It was not a good sign and Flyers general manager Ron Hextall confirmed after the game that Coburn will be out longer than day-to-day.
“Lower-body injury," Hextall said after the game on Thursday. "He’s going to be reevaluated tonight and in the next few days. It’s not going to be day-to-day. I believe this is going to take some time. I don’t have a final diagnosis or prognosis."
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms feature three defensemen that could be realistically called up by the Flyers in Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning and Mark Alt. Lauridsen and Manning have prior, albeit limited, NHL experience while Alt has shown some potential.
Thursday night was the first game Coburn missed since March 30th, 2013. He played in all 82 games last season for the Flyers scoring five goals and adding 12 assists for 17 points. Coburn enters his ninth season (eighth full season) with the Flyers. He has played 538 games for the orange and black scoring 36 goals and dishing out 116 assists for 152 points while averaging 22:07 of ice time.
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