By ANDREW PORTER
Flyers Beat Writer
The Flyers are in the midst of a four game winning streak, with wins over tough eastern conference opponents that include Boston, Pittsburgh, and Montreal. After beating the Bruins in overtime, the Flyers snapped the Penguins 12 game win streak the night before beating the Habs in Montreal, 5-3. The surging Flyers are now 21-7-5, and their 47 points tops all of the NHL. The Flyers, who are getting ready to head into their always tough annual New Year’s west coast trip, had nothing but confidence and success.
However, the one dreaded factor that good teams cannot account for hit the Flyers. Injury. In the Flyers 5-3 over Montreal last Wednesday night, Chris Pronger broke his foot while blocking a shot. Pronger received surgey on the foot today, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Pronger logs about 22 minutes of ice time a night, and is the heart and soul of the Flyers defensive unit. This injury is devastating. The Flyers activated 23-year old defensive man, Oskars Bartulis, who has been a healthy scratch throughout this season.
After a two game home stand with the Rangers and Panthers, the Flyers will head west for their never-fun New Year’s west coast trip to play Vancouver, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Detroit in a six day span, without Chris Pronger. This road trip will give us a great idea of how good this team really is.
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