Scottie Upshall left yesterday's game after the second period and nobody had a clue as to what happened. Today GM Paul Holmgren let out the bad news on his winger.
Upshall will miss 10-14 days minimum with a right-knee sprain. Essentially this is about a three week injury, that the team needs to monitor, as it can be an injury that continues to creep up on a player.
For a player like Upshall, this was most likely the worst possible scenario for him. With teams always talking about trades, Upshall was the guy that everyone looks to as trade bait.
Hopefully, Upshall bounces back quickly from this, becomes 100 percent, and contributes to the lineup
As for Jeff Carter. Carter leads the league currently with 25 goals, and for his efforts from the past week, he earned himself an NHL second star of the week award.
The press release from the NHL was as follows:
According to the release:
"Carter recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) in four games, taking the NHL goal-scoring lead and moving up to sixth in the League points race (25g, 14a - 39 points).
Carter scored a shorthanded goal in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Dec. 16, notched four points (two goals, two assists) and a career-high +5 rating in a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Dec. 20, and tallied his NHL-best 25th goal of the season and an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils Dec. 21.
Carter also is tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded goals (four) and game-winning goals (five), and ranks third in shots (147). Playing in his fourth NHL season, the London, Ontario native turns 24 on New Year's Day.
Congrats to Carter, who is obviously lighting the league on fire lately and continues to make this team a dominant force in the NHL. Look for Carter, Richards, and Gagne to start picking up some points as we head into the new year.
The Flyers play the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night at the Wachovia Center. After tomorrow's game, the Flyers go on their annual long road trip. This trip will consist of six games. They will play in order: Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, and Canucks. Then finish up with the Ducks, Kings, and in Washington against the Capitals.