By Justin Adkins:
After Monday’s practice, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren indicated that defenseman Sean O’Donnell will be out around two weeks while recovering from a knee injury.
O’Donnell sprained the knee during Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers. After the game, the 39 year-old tough guy said he thought he could play in Tuesday’s game against the Coyotes, but the knee needs more time to heal up.
Replacing O’Donnell in the lineup is Oskar Bartulis, who hasn’t been on the ice since January 11.
“I know what to expect and what I have to do to play better,” Bartulis said.
In other injury news, Blair Betts will miss his second straight game Tuesday due to a lacerated finger, with Darroll Powe now serving as fourth-line center. Holmgren indicated that Betts could possibly return as soon as Thursday against the New York Islanders.
Also, goaltender Brian Boucher is still feeling stiffnes in his arm and neck after being roughed up a bit when he collided with Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen during Sunday’s victory. Boucher did practice Monday, and probably could play tonight, though the Flyers will likely go with rookie Sergei Bobrovsky in goal.
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