Carter Hart to miss 2-3 weeks with right lower abdominal strain; Flyers recall Alex Lyon

The Philadelphia Flyers cannot catch a break.

After beating the Boston Bruins on Monday night, Carter Hart went down with an injury and left Tuesday’s practice early. Hart suffered a right lower abdominal strain and is expected to miss two-to-three weeks, the team announced.

Hart is 15-11-3 in 32 games this season with a .905 save percentage and 2.61 goals-against-average. He had started three straight for the Flyers and five of the past six.

If there is any good news, it’s that the Flyers only play four games in the next two weeks due to the All-Star break and bye week. They then play the Pittsburgh Penguins again in 16 days, the Colorado Avalanche in 17 days, and the Detroit Red Wings in 19 days.

Here is the Flyers schedule over the next two-to-three weeks.

Jan. 15 @ St. Louis Blues (30-10-7)
Jan. 16 vs. Montreal Canadiens (20-20-7)
Jan. 18 vs. Los Angeles Kings (18-25-5)
Jan. 21 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (29-12-5)

(Two-week mark)

Jan. 31 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (29-12-5)
Feb. 1 vs. Colorado Avalanche (25-15-6)
Feb. 3 @ Detroit Red Wings (12-32-3)

(Three-week mark)

Feb. 6 vs. New Jersey Devils (17-22-7)

If Hart misses two weeks, he’ll only miss four games. If he misses three weeks, and returns on Feb. 6 against the Devils, it’ll be seven games. That includes two home games against lesser opponents, the Canadiens and Kings.

Brian Elliott will now take over the goaltending duties for the Flyers, who also recalled Alex Lyon to be his backup goalie.

The tough test for Elliott and Lyon will be who gets the start on Thursday night in the second half of a back-to-back set with travel. Luckily the Canadiens are struggling, but they can’t be overlooked.

Lyon is 9-11-2 this season with a .916 save percentage for the Phantoms. He picked up his first shutout of the year his last time out, making 37 games against the Laval Rocket on Saturday.

Lyon was recalled under emergency conditions for Wednesday night’s game with Joel Farabee being sent to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Chris Stewart being placed on waivers.

Farabee was sent down so the Flyers would have the cap room to call up Lyon. Once Stewart clears waivers tomorrow, expect Farabee to return to the Flyers.

The Flyers take on the Blues tonight at 8 p.m. EST.

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