MacDonald will miss 4-6 weeks with an apparent knee injury.
MacDonald suffered the injury while blocking a Milan Lucic in the third period of Saturday’s win over the Oilers. The blocked shot was his sixth of the game, but will cost him at least one month. With MacDonald out, rookie defenseman Samuel Morin could get a shot with the big club following a strong training camp.
Simmonds (lower-body) is on the ice for warmups; expected to play vs. the Oilers.
Leier (undisclosed) is not on the ice for warmups; will not play vs. Edmonton.
Simmonds (lower-body) is expected to be in the Flyers lineup on Thursday.
Neuvirth will start Thursday vs. the Predators.
Neuvirth turned aside 40 of 41 shots in the Flyers’ 5-1 win over the Panthers on Tuesday. Neuvirth has had a strong start to the season, stopping 65 of the 68 shots (.956 SV%) that he has faced so far. Tonight he faces a the 3-2-1 Predators who are averaging 3.00 goals for per game (t-16th) so far.
Neuvirth will start Tuesday vs. the Panthers.
Neuvirth allowed two goals on 27 shots in the Flyers’ loss in Los Angeles on October 5th. Brian Elliott has started four of the Flyers’ first five games, but Neuvirth will go tonight vs. the Panthers. Florida currently leads the NHL in shots on goal per game (42) and are averaging a ridiculous 4.00 goals per game.
Manning is expected to return to the Flyers’ lineup on Saturday.
Elliott will start Saturday vs. the Capitals.
Elliott allowed six goals on 31 shots in the Flyers’ 6-5 loss in Nashville on Tuesday. Despite the rough outing, Philadelphia will come back to Elliott tonight vs. the Capitals. Through his first three starts, the veteran has gone 2-1-0 with a 3.67 GAA and .876 SV%. Tonight he faces a Capitals team that is 3-1-1 with 4.00 goals for per game.