The Flyers will be holding their breath with this one. Owen Tippett was also lost in what turned into a 7-4 loss to the Avalanche. He played a single shift in the third period before hobbling to the bench and eventually down the tunnel. He was later ruled out with a lower-body injury.
The injury occurred early in the third period as Tippett was battling for the puck. He appeared to lose an edge as he skated toward the boards. His left knee buckled, and he ended up getting caught underneath Jonathan Drouin. There was nothing malicious about the play, as Tippett's skate may have hit a rough patch on the ice. He was in pain as he skated to the bench and remained there momentarily, talking to the trainer. He would later exit the bench and hobble down the tunnel. There was no update after the game, as he is expected to be reevaluated. The Flyers play Ottawa in the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday, so we will wait to see if he will be available.
If the Flyers lose Tippett for any amount of time, it would be a big loss. Tippett had found his confidence lately, registering eight points in his last seven games. Six of those points have been goals as Tippett has found a way to get more of his shots on the net lately. That had been a problem for him before that and was something John Tortorella recently pointed out. Add in his speed and creativity with the puck, and Tippett has been a dangerous player to play against.
The Flyers won't have to make any recalls if Tippett misses the game against Ottawa. Nic Deslauriers and Bobby Brink were both healthy scratches against the Avalanche. One, or both, would check back into the lineup. There is a chance Philadelphia could give a chance to one of their younger prospects if they feel neither deserves to be in the lineup. The Flyers have two more home games coming up so they don't need an extra yet.
The team will travel to Detroit to play the Red Wings on Thursday. If Tippett is to miss an extended period, the Flyers will likely bring an extra forward with them. Rhett Gardner is a potential option if they aren't looking to play whomever they bring up. Philadelphia could also look toward Olle Lycksell as someone they are familiar with. The time frame of Tippett's potential injury should dictate who they could bring up.
Hopefully the Flyers will not have to make that decision.