Things have been going well for the Philadelphia Flyers of late, even with both of their top two goaltenders and best power play weapon out with injury. But, they have now lost three straight games after Sunday’s 4-1 loss at the Florida Panthers so an uneasy feeling is creeping in, especially considering they have lost two veteran defenders to injury over the weekend.
Johnny Oduya, who was claimed off of waivers from the Ottawa Senators earlier this week to add depth to the blue line, made his Flyers debut on Sunday because Andrew MacDonald suffered a lower-body injury during Saturday night’s in a 7-6 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Oduya’s first game in a Flyers sweater did not go well. First, he was beaten badly on the game’s opening goal by Aleksander Barkov. Then, he went down to injury during the opening seconds of the third period and did not take another shift.
Head coach Dave Hakstol told reporters that Oduya was “dinged up” after the game and was unsure if he would be available against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With MacDonald and Oduya both out, this could be a chance for Travis Sanheim to make an impact!