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The blue line remains a battered place for the Flyers.
Braydon Coburn has missed time twice with injury, including now after suffering a lower-body injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 12. Nick Grossmann went down with an upper-body injury against the Capitals on Jan. 8.
Most recently, on Monday afternoon, the Flyers lost Nick Schultz and Carlo Colaiacovo with upper-body injuries, leaving just four regular defensemen in the lineup - Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald, Luke Schenn and Michael Del Zotto. There is also Kimmo Timonen - a valuable missing piece for the Flyers - who hasn't played all season and likely won't as he deals with a blood clot in his leg.
Needing call-ups, the Flyers elected to go with Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen, two younger players with NHL experience. While the moves were understandable, and likely just for one game, there was belief that the Flyers could pull the trigger on calling up 19-year-old prospect Robert Hagg.
Through the ongoing struggles the Flyers face and an even worse situation on defense due to injury, the Flyers are remaining patient with the prospects.