“You need two goalies, I don’t care who you are.” That was Ron Hextall’s assessment prior to the All-Star break and the general manager’s philosophy will be put to the test right away with three games over the next four days. Actually, the Flyers may need three goalies at some point over the stretch drive to the postseason after the team placed Brian Elliott on injured reserve Tuesday morning, and recalled Alex Lyon from Lehigh Valley. After missing his first game of the season last Thursday against the Lightning, Elliott returned to practice Monday, but left prematurely still dealing with a nagging lower-body injury. Elliott’s IR designation is retroactive to his last game played, so he could be activated at any time. The move was made solely to open up a roster spot for Lyon. Neuvirth is now the expected starter Wednesday in Washington, but the bigger question moving forward: How much does Hakstol and the organization trust Lyon to make his NHL debut when the team is in a dogfight for the playoffs? “If we need him, he’ll play. Bottom line,” Hakstol said regarding Lyon. “He’s ready to play and we have confidence in him. He’s been with us before and he’s a guy that’s ready to play, and when called upon, he’ll go in and do a good job if we decide to do that.” Prior to the All-Star break, Hakstol tipped his hand slightly when he stated that Neuvirth would likely receive one of the two starts with back-to-back road games against the Capitals and Devils, but that was when Elliott was healthy.
Injuries, illness create questions in net for Flyers
NBC Sports Philadelphia | Jan 31