Can the Philadelphia Flyers’ season get any worse?
They announced Friday that left winger Joel Farabee and center Kevin Hayes were placed on the injured-reserve list. Hayes will miss three to four weeks, the Flyers announced earlier in the week, because he underwent a procedure Tuesday to drain fluid from the adductor region of his hip.
Farabee is believed to be sidelined by a shoulder injury.
“It’s a good thing I don’t have any hair, because I wouldn’t have any left by the end of this year,” cracked interim coach Mike Yeo, whose team has five centers sidelined with injuries. “I’ve been coaching for a while and I haven’t really seen anything like this.”
Yeo said he was “excited about trying to find solutions” to get the Flyers back on track. They have lost their last 10 games.
The Flyers also recalled forwards Wade Allison and Jackson Cates from the AHL’s Phantoms and placed them on the taxi squad. Both will be in the lineup Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, per Yeo.
The Flyers will be trying to snap a 10-game winless streak.
So for @NHLFlyers that is now:
this season alone who have been injured, came back, and then out a long term almost immediately.
With Couturier injury seemingly getting worse as he played through it until had to sit. #Flyers
— Alexander Appleyard (@avappleyard) January 21, 2022
Allison has been productive over the last week since returning from an elbow injury and rejoining the Phantoms.
“Excited to see what he can bring,” Yeo said. “We haven’t been scoring a lot of goals lately, and he has the ability to put the puck in the net, and he brings a little life, brings some enthusiasm. He’s going to be excited to play, and obviously at a time when you’re fighting some negative feelings, bringing some positivity in is a good thing.”
Farabee was injured in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Columbus, Yeo said, adding it was “related” to what happened in Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders.
In Tuesday’s game, Farabee was checked into the boards by the Islanders’ Noah Dobson with a little over eight minutes left in regulation. He was given attention on the bench by trainer Jim McCrossin, but quickly returned to the game, and later nearly scored in the closing seconds of overtime.
Farabee, 21, who was sidelined by a shoulder injury earlier in the season, is third on the Flyers with 11 goals, behind Cam Atkinson (15) and Claude Giroux (12).
On Saturday, Oskar Lindblom or James van Riemsdyk will take Farabee’s spot as the top-line left winger, according to Yeo, who said he would find out how goalie Carter Hart was feeling before deciding on his goalie.
Hart hasn’t won since Dec. 14. The Flyers haven’t won since Dec. 29.
Right winger Tyson Foerster, a top prospect who is rehabbing from a shoulder injury, took part in a limited practice, one that had four roster players participate. The four: Derick Brassard, Nick Seeler, Martin Jones, and Kevin Connauton. … Saturday’s 1 p.m. game will be the teams’ first meeting since the Flyers acquired Rasmus Ristolainen by sending Robert Hagg and first-and second-round draft picks to Buffalo. … Connor Bunnaman was sent to the Phantoms.