Impressive so far, now lets see if the Flyers can handle a little adversity.
After consulting a foot specialist, the Flyers officially announced on Friday that defenseman Chris Pronger has a broken first metatarsal in his right foot and will require surgery. The veteran and keystone of Philadelphia’s blue line will miss 4-6 weeks, or as Sam Carchidi of the Inquirer added up, 11-17 games. Pronger, who has four goals and 11 assists in 31 games, should be available to return by Feb. 1.
Pronger, 36, injured his foot in Philadelphia’s 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Without Pronger, the weight of the defense will fall on the shoulders of 25-year-old Andrej Meszaros, who is expected to pair with Pronger’s partner, Matt Carle. Kimmo Timonen will remain with Braydon Coburn and Sean O’Donnell will match up with Oskars Bartulis.
Sans Pronger, the Flyers will be tested, starting with the New York Rangers on Saturday. The team will ring in the New Year on the West Coast, where they will face Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Pronger’s former team, the Anaheim Ducks.